Nowadays, there isn't much Infertility Reality TV in my life. What I mean is: My reality TV time is usually taken up by Project Runway, Top Chef and other shows that invite me in to marvel at extremely talented people being successful at things that I can't do at all and have no desire to be better at. But in years past, before I traded my angst-filled, conflict-driven evening of entertainment for kinder, gentler pre-bedtime fare, I used to tune in to watch the Real Housewives of wherever.
My husband was synchronized with the Bravo channel. On it would come and out he would go. He'd sit outside and brave arctic temperatures, losing all feeling in his limbs until he could creak the door open and hear: "Next time on the Real Housewives of..." then he'd count to twenty and come in, touch his frozen fingers to my face to show me how much he'd suffered and race upstairs to lock himself in the laundry room where the heat is strongest before anything important on his person snapped off.
Finally... A little Reality in Infertility Reality TV
If you've followed any of these shows or similar ones you've seen a lot of Infertility Reality TV: On the Kardashians, the Braxtons and The Real Housewives of Atlanta where I watched intently as Kenya Moore, at age forty plus, talked to her doctor about her procreating options. I rooted her on when she asked the doctor how all of these celebrities are getting pregnant at 42, 44, 46. I sat on the edge of my couch waiting to hear the doctor's reply: She said quite diplomatically: "It's possible that they might have had a little help." Bam! Sometimes Infertility Reality TV even manages to stick a little bit of truth in there.
Are Celebrities Exempt from Infertility...Like they're Exempt from All Those Other Things?
A woman's fertility starts to drop as early as thirty. But somehow we all like to believe that that's just one of a thousand things that the rich and famous are exempt from. Like: There's a concert that's been sold out for months but looky-there, there's a celebrity who happens to be in town and decides to stop by, in the front row. Maybe they won tickets from a radio station. Maybe they diligently pressed "redial" for twenty minutes and were caller number 26. Stars also don't ever seem to be concerned about their wedding venue already being booked. They met somebody in July, got engaged in August and that castle on that private island that they're flying their 600 closest friends to two weeks later for the wedding just happens to be sitting there, doing nothing, awaiting their arrival. Their table is always available at the most exclusive restaurants. (Last week we waited an hour for a table at The Cheesecake Factory. One may ask why the wait was so long. One may ask why we actually waited.) And of course, celebrities don't have to worry about a minor detail like being too old to get pregnant naturally any time they want... or so Infertility Reality TV and celeb magazines lead us to believe.
So is the answer: They can get pregnant at 52 because: A) They are in such great shape from taking spin classes and feasting on kale chips that they've spun and kaled their wrinkled eggs into pristine condition that resemble those of a 20 year old? Or B) They used the eggs of a 20 year old donor whom they snuck in through the back door of the fertility clinic under the cloak of darkness?
Most of what we see and read about celebs is largely crappola and, I personally believe, rightly so. Most of us grapple every day with what to tell or not tell those closest in our lives. Who needs millions of Entertainment Tonight watchers all up in your ovaries? Unfortunately Infertility Reality TV watchers and and celeb magazine readers too often think "reality" is reality.
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