The former First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama, has opened up about her struggle to have children and her journey through IVF
Michelle, who had her two daughters via IVF, revealed the news in her autobiography, Becoming.
The 54-year-old told ABC she suffered a miscarriage and turned to IVF to help her conceive daughters, Malia and Sasha, when she was in her 30s.
She told ABC’s Robin Roberts in an interview on Good Morning America, she felt very alone.
“I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” she said.
“We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken, it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.”
The pair sought couples counselling following the devastating miscarriage and subsequent fertility treatment to help them through that time.
Michelle said she was aged about 34 when she felt her ‘biological clock was real’ and that her ‘egg production was limited’ prompting her to seek fertility treatment.
She encouraged women to talk about their experiences to help others in a similar situation.
She told Robin: “I think it’s the worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work.”
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