Study shows popular magazines need to outline risks of advanced age fertility in celebrity stories

A study has revealed that popular magazines do little to outline the risks when featuring celebrities who have had children at an advanced age

The study, which was carried out by the Journal of Women’s Health looked at 416 magazine editions aimed at women of reproductive age and discovered that a third of them mentioned fertility-related content, using 240 different celebrities.

More than half of those women were what the study described as ‘advanced maternal age’ but only two articles mentioned the possible risks linked to older women becoming pregnant.

In the articles featured it was revealed that the women interviewed or discussed were 40 years or over and there was no discussion or question of whether IVF was used as an intervention or if pregnancy was achieved using donor gametes.

The team of researchers said that this lack of information lead women to believe they could achieve pregnancy naturally into their late 30s and 40s, something that should have been highlighted.

The editor-in-chief of the Journal of Women’s Health, Susan Kornstein, said: “It is easy to get drawn in by the cover of a popular magazine featuring a happily pregnant celebrity in her late 30s or 40s and to think that fertility is the norm at that stage in a woman’s productive life.

“Often left unsaid though are the costly and extraordinary measures, assisted reproductive technologies, and risks associated with these later in life pregnancies.”

IVF babble is keen for more celebrities to open about their fertility treatments and in recent months have noticed more and more starting to talk about their journeys

One US celebrity in particular who is keen for her peers to be more open about their fertility treatment is Gretchen Rossi.

The reality television star, who is eight months pregnant after a long IVF journey, is heading up a campaign for insurance companies to cover all fertility treatments for anyone who is struggling to have a child.

She said recently: “Financially, a lot of people can’t even go through IVF. And a lot just don’t know that a couple of years ago infertility was diagnosed as a disease.

“I was laying in bed and had this premonition that I was going to Capitol Hill to change fertility policy. I woke Slade up and told him.”

Read more on celebrity TTC  journeys here

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