Millions of people around the world have used egg donations to conceive children so that they grow their families despite fertility challenges. Celebrities‘ lives are in the public eye, and their experiences with egg donation tend to gain more attention compared to other members of society.
Many celebrities have made public their challenges with fertility, not only to inform their fans but to generally encourage others to embrace their flaws and use what is available to overcome life’s challenges.
Here are some of the celebrities who have received the help of egg donors in their journeys to conception and parenthood.
Star of Desperate Housewives TV actress Marcia Anne Cross conceived twins at the age of 44 with the use of donor eggs.
She conducted an interview in which she sparked speculation by stating that as women get older, they use donor eggs which don’t make the baby any less perfect since one’s own egg can only last so long.
In a later interview with Health Magazine, she openly discussed her struggles with infertility, thus explaining why she had turned to donor eggs.
At the age of 41, renowned singer Mariah Carey had twins conceived via egg donation as the singer herself revealed to media sources.
She had openly talked about her fertility journey, repeatedly discussing how difficult it was for both her and her then-husband Nick Cannon.
Carey admitted that she had tried many different solutions to alleviate fertility difficulties. She mentioned trying acupuncture treatments to prepare for pregnancy, and hormone therapy in the form of progesterone medications to stay pregnant with the twins.
The singer explained that she was on these medications at 10 weeks of pregnancy, reasoning that it halved the chances of a miscarriage.
Neil Patrick Harris
Famous TV actor Neil Patrick Harris of the How I Met Your Mother sitcom and his husband David Burtka started their family using a gestational carrier and an egg donor.
In 2010, the couple announced they were expecting twins via surrogacy, and their twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace were born later in the same year.
During an interview on Oprah, Harris admitted that they had lucked out. He explained the process, mentioning that they used two eggs to conceive two embryos, through which he and his husband birthed their fraternal twins.
Renowned English singer and composer Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish admitted to using an egg donor and gestational surrogacy twice.
He added that the second process resulted in the birth of a second son who completed their family in the most precious way imaginable.
The couple pursued surrogacy in California to conceive their sons Zachary and Elijah, for whom they used the same surrogate.
Sir Elton John did not shy away from controversy or speculation, and he made these details public soon after the birth of his sons.
Television personality Sonia Kruger has long been open and transparent about her battle with infertility.
After experiencing much difficulty and heartache, she tried using donor eggs from a friend, after which she fell pregnant at the age of 48. Speaking to The Australian Weekly, Kruger revealed that she was not best pleased with her own DNA.
She further commented that whether one adopts a baby or whether it grows inside one’s own body, the love for one’s child is steadfast and unmovable.
Kruger added that she loves her daughter Maggie immeasurably and that maternal age is irrelevant when it comes to being a good parent.
Star of Good Doctor and Prison Break actress Camille Guaty has been an outspoken proponent of using donor eggs during conception. In her late 30s, the actress was informed that she had low ovarian reserves after a fertility evaluation.
Together with her husband Rhys Kay, Guaty underwent five IVF cycles using her eggs that were unsuccessful.
Turning to egg donation, their first donor-egg cycle sadly did not work out, prompting them to turn to a new donor. Despite having only one suitable embryo for transfer during the second attempt, the couple was successful.
The actor revealed that she widely shares her story, not because it is unique, but rather because it was something that doesn’t get talked about enough.
Actress of the hit TV show Shameless Tina Malone made the headlines in Hollywood when she experienced successful conception with donor eggs while in a clinic in Cyprus.
Malone underwent a strict regime to get healthy before the donor-egg cycle. She admitted to drastically reducing her weight, reigning in work commitments, and quitting smoking.
Despite her dedication to the procedure, she developed pre-eclampsia which is a dominant risk factor for older donor-egg patients. She gave birth to her daughter Flame at age 50.
Speaking to Fertility Road magazine, Malone stated that she was confident, she wasn’t scared, and treated her age as totally and utterly irrelevant in her quest to birth a healthy child.
Mary Coustas conceived her daughter Jamie after an impressive 23 attempts at IVF, 18 of which were with donor eggs. She faced insurmountable difficulties with her 17th IVF attempt when her daughter Stevie succumbed during a premature birth at 22 weeks.
Speaking to Australian Women’s Weekly, she mentioned there was taboo around donor eggs, and that she is dedicated to helping women overcome this frame of mind.
Celebrities, much like everyone else, experience various challenges in their quest to have normal lives that involve families.
The experiences of the celebrities mentioned in this article and many more have encouraged millions around the world to consider egg donation when having difficulties with fertility and conception.
To read more about the experiences of parents in their conception journey, engage with members of our surrogacy community. Their input will help you to be comfortable with egg donation and other aspects of conception and pregnancy.