Sherri Shepherd, who suffers from diabeties, has struggled with weight loss and fertility issues in the past. In a recent interview, Sherri shares her story of how her son was conceived through in vitro fertilization. One in eight women in the United States will struggle with infertility, according to Redbook magazine who is on a mission to help banish the stigma associated with it and get women to open up about their struggles. The magazine launched their “Truth About Trying,” series last month, a no-shame video campaign featuring celebrities and everyday women discussing the trials they faced getting pregnant and where they found support in the process.
The National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the National Centers for Disease Control, notes no difference in fertility rates for White or Black women, aged 25-44. However, according to RESOLVE, a national clearinghouse and support group, infertility is actually 1.5 times higher among African-Americans than Caucasians. Infertility–defined as the inability to conceive after one year or more of intercourse without contraception–usually can be treated and reversed. In fact, of the 5.3 million infertile couples in the U.S. who seek treatment two-thirds are able to have children.
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