Aisha Tyler Reveals Personal Fertility Struggles

The co-host of The Talk said she only has a 5 percent chance of getting pregnant. 

Posted: 09/11/2013 10:56 AM EDT

As an established TV personality Aisha Tyler, co-host of daytime show The Talk, decided with her husband that it was the right time to start a family. But instead, Tyler has been experiencing fertility struggles, something she tearfully described on her show Tuesday.

"After 40, your chances of getting pregnant are 2 to 8 percent. And in my particular case, they were less than 5 percent," the 42-year-old said.

Married and co-habitating African-American women aged 15-44 have the highest infertility rates across race at 7.2 percent. This compares to 5.5 percent of whites, 5.6 percent of Asians, 6.1 percent of Latinas, according to the CDC.

Tyler said she went through treatments but they haven't been successful. "We went through the process. There's all these shots. They make your body crazy. They make you emotional. They hurt." Tyler's doctor had a real talk with her and her husband and recommended that she stop the procedures, which are costly. 

Tyler said that her doctor told her, "You really need to think about whether you want to spend all this money and go through all this emotional effort and probably still not get pregnant."

Fertility drugs that regulate your reproductive hormones such as clomiphene, surgery, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) are listed as alternative options for women having issues with fertility, on BabyCenter.com.


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(Photo: Courtesy of CBS)

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