Natalie Imbruglia said she gives her number to women considering IVF and wants to break “weird taboos” around sperm donation.
Singer Torn, 46, welcomed her first child, a son named Max, after undergoing IVF with a 44-year-old sperm donor in 2019.
Speaking on the Spinning Plates podcast, she explained how other women considering doing the same would ask her for advice and often “straighten up” when she helped them.
Icon: Natalie Imbruglia said she gives her number to women considering IVF and wants to break through ‘weird taboos’ around sperm donation (pictured during pregnancy)
She said: “I think what’s important about the trip is to have support.
“So if I ever even meet strangers at a dinner party and they talk about wanting to do IVF, I give them my number and say ‘ask me anything’ because that would have been really good to say. ‘have that.
“And these women get away with it because there’s some kind of weird taboo around it.
It’s a boy! Singer Torn, 46, welcomed her first child, a son named Max, after undergoing IVF with a 44-year-old sperm donor in 2019
“I think for a lot of women it’s kind of like ‘oh can I talk to you’ and they come to me like that. It’s like I’ve become a pioneer and not even trying to be.
“You wouldn’t think (there is a taboo) until you are in this situation.
“I felt like I didn’t know what was going to turn around in terms of judgment.
“But in the end, I got nothing but love, nothing but support, nothing but encouragement and that was really reassuring. “
Baby joy! Natalie announced she was pregnant with her first child in July 2019, after undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the help of a sperm donor
Natalie is reportedly currently single.
Natalie underwent in vitro fertilization in order to get pregnant – a medical procedure in which a woman has an already fertilized egg inserted into her uterus to become pregnant.
The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or, as Natalie revealed she chose, using donors.
The dual Australian / British citizen endured a high-profile four-year marriage to Daniel Johns, which ended in 2008 when Natalie revealed in 2019 that the couple were no longer speaking.
Natalie met the frontman of Silverchair at an awards ceremony in 1999 and they tied the knot four years later on New Years Eve at a beachside ceremony in Queensland.
Guests at the lavish affair included close friends Kylie Minogue, actor Guy Pearce and Virgin boss Richard Branson.
The couple were often seen in public locked in loving displays of affection and, as several onlookers regularly noted, “they always laughed like teenagers.”
Over time, they became the subject of growing rumors of breakup, in part because of the length of their separation.
Love: The star, pictured with her nephew Austin, previously regretted the life of a bachelor admitting she never thought she would be divorced and childless in her late 30s
She announced that she was dating Matt Field in 2017, but the couple have not been pictured together since 2018.
In 2015, Natalie told The Evening Standard that she “would really like to be a mom.”
“It’s something that’s going to happen,” she added. “I always hope to meet someone. And yes, I might well consider other options if I don’t.
Former flames: Natalie was married to former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns (right) for five years before going their separate ways in 2008
Natalie previously said she never expected to be divorced and childless in her forties.
She explained, “I’m a little late when it comes to family, but I don’t mind at the moment. ”
Natalie appeared as Beth Brennan, later Willis in Neighbors, in the 90s and also appeared as a judge on X Factor in 2010.
HOW DOES IVF WORK?
In vitro fertilization, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already fertilized egg inserted into her uterus to become pregnant.
It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally and a sperm and an egg are removed from their body and combined in the laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.
Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue normally.
The procedure can be performed using eggs and sperm from a couple or donors.
National Institute for Health and Excellent Care (NICE) guidelines recommend that IVF be offered as part of the NHS to women under 43 who are trying to conceive through regular, unprotected sex for two years.
People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £ 3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures released in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.
The NHS says the success rates for women under 35 are around 29%, with the chances of cycle success decreasing with age.
Around eight million babies are believed to have been born due to IVF since the very first case, Britain’s Louise Brown, born in 1978.
Chances of success
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman being treated, as well as the cause of infertility (if known).
Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
IVF is generally not recommended for women over 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are considered too low.
Between 2014 and 2016, the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:
29% for women under 35
23% for women aged 35 to 37
15% for women aged 38 to 39
9% for women aged 40 to 42
3% for women aged 43 to 44
2% for women over 44