Transcript for Rebel Wilson opens up about her struggle with infertility
Actress rebel Wilson revealing her latest setback with infertility in a very personal Instagram post sharing a hopeful message for her fans who may be struggling as well. Kaylee Hartung is back with more. Good morning again, Kaylee. Reporter: Good morning again, robin. Every woman's fertility journey is unique and oftentimes difficult to talk about. Rebel Wilson's willingness to share her struggle is pulling back the veil on the harsh reality faced by so many women. she's the hysterical heartbeat of "Pitch perfect." This morning rebel Wilson is revealing her heartbreaking struggles with fertility. In a deeply personal Instagram post, the comedienne sharing I got some bad news today and didn't have anyone to share it with but I guess I gotta tell someone writing to all the women out there struggling with fertility, I feel Ya. The universe works in mysterious ways and sometimes it all doesn't make sense but I hope there's light about to shine through all the dark clouds. In December, the now 41-year-old star opened up about her desire to plan for a family and a future. I was thinking about fertility and having good quality eggs in the bank, getting to 40 is kind of leaving it a little too late. Better to do it earlier if you can. Reporter: The optimal time in your 20s and early 30s. Women under 35 have a more than 45% of a live birth but that number reduced to 12% for women 41 to 42 years old. Wilson declared 2020 her year of health. That included addressing how a more moneyal disorder known as pcos added to her weight gain. The CDC says it's one of the most common causes of female intertilt. When I turned 20 to 21, 22 I rapidly gained 30 kilos and still doing the same things, I just rapidly gained weight. Reporter: Rebel Wilson has received overwhelming support to that emotional post and followed it up by writing social media for the win here. In terms of creating connection when I was in a lonely place, so thank you, everyone. Our hearts go out to rebel Wilson and these are important conversations to have, robin. They certainly are, Kaylee. You know that. Thank you. Dr. Jen Ashton will join us now. Picking up, rebel, being so open like this and talking about her condition, pcos, how does that impact fertility. Well, robin, we've spoken about it before known as the most common but least well understood hormonal condition affecting women. It can affect their metabolism and weight and can also affect their fertility. In severe cases it can lead to problems conceiving. Mild or moderate cases usually can just be managed with lifestyle or other medication and then, again, egg freezing, this is an option and the earlier the better. As an ob/gyn, what do you tell women, Jen? You know, robin, I think this is a discussion that could ideally start in the 20s, it's better to be proactive than reactive and, again, you know, this conversation, whether it's pcos or fertility in general, this should be part of overall women's reproductive health so the key is finding a good health care provider that can partner with you because that treatment, that management is not one size fits all. It's really individual. It certainly is, Dr. Jen Ashton as always, thank you.
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