Head Scratcher: Is In-Vitro Fertilization The New Gastric Bypass?

In the past few years, the following celebrities over the age of 35 have given birth to or are expecting twins: Marcia Cross, 44; Jillian Dempsey (wife of Patrick Dempsey), 40; Rebecca Romijn, 36; Jennifer Lopez, 38; Julia Roberts, 37; and Nancy Grace, 50. Angelina Jolie just gave birth to her twins at the age of 33, with Us Weekly claiming that she conceived via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) — a story she and Brad Pitt deny, saying they would have been happy to talk about using IVF, if that had been the case. Of the other women mentioned, none of them have only Marcia Cross has spoken out about using IVF to conceive, and a few others have outright denied it, despite the fact that a woman’s ability to conceive drops significantly after the age of 35.

With so many twins born in Hollywood in such a short period of time, it seems highly unlikely that all of these little bundles of joy were born through complete happenstance. So why would they keep quiet about it? Does IVF have the same hush-hush, shameful stigma surrounding it that, say, gastric bypass has? We all remember when Star Jones suddenly lost hundreds of pounds and tried to play it off as all yoga and yogurt, finally coming clean in an interview with Larry King years later. Many people were angry that she didn’t use her celebrity for good and share her story to inspire other women and men with weight problems. But couldn’t the same be said for celebs who don’t talk about IVF? Should we expect celebrities to inspire others with their difficult fertility stories, and if so, why wouldn’t they? We wanted to find out why IVF might be such an on-the-down-low topic. Here are five reasons why celebrities might not be willing to share this secret.

1. How It All Works Isn’t So Sexy: Discussing the details of IVF includes going over how the father’s junk ended up in the egg’s trunk. Do you really want to think about Marc Anthony, a copy of Jugs, and a Dixie Cup?

2. Test Tube Baby Insults: Maybe keeping the conception story quiet is to protect the kids down the line. Back in my middle school days, calling someone a test tube baby was grounds for a throw down.

3. His Infertility: Ever consider the fact that maybe trouble conceiving has nothing to do with the mother? For all we know, McDreamy could be shooting blanks.

4. Pre- and Post-Birth Complications: When more than one embryo is transferred, there is always the risk of a multiple pregnancy. Some couples may be gung ho for this, but multiple births does endanger the mother and the embryos. The most common complication is premature delivery, which can lead to complications after birth, if the babies survive. Who wants Billy Bush and the Access Hollywood squad diagnosing their children with birth defects?

5. More Than Just One, Or Two, Or Three: Because many IVF treatments result in multiples, there are lots of twins and triplets born to couples using IVF — but what about those couples who have four or five or more embryos fertilized and choose to terminate a few of them in order to only have their ideal number of children? Hollywood is filled with control freaks, but this still is an awkward convo to have with Rachael Ray at 11am.

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