E's 'Ask the Answer B!tch' on the celebrity twin baby phenomenon

A reader in this week’s Ask the Answer B!tch column on E! Online wants to know about the recent phenomenon of celebrities birthing twins, asking, "With the influx of celebrity baby twins, the mention of fertility treatments are few and far between. It’s a little suspect when middle-aged women are having twins by the boatload, right?"

With a lot of 35+ year old celeb mothers pregnant with and giving birth to twins lately – Julia Roberts at 37, Jillian Dempsey at 40, Diana Krall at 41, Marcia Cross at 44, Holly Hunter at 47 and Geena Davis at 48, many people have to wonder.

It is true that up to 25% of women over age 30 have trouble conceiving – and that number jumps up to 50% after hitting 40. While multiples occur naturally in 3-5% of pregnancies, fertility struggles often lead to fertility treatments – and with that, the chances of a twin (or more) pregnancy jumps as high as 25%!

However, one should never assume that a mother of "advanced maternal age" has had fertility treatments, as you may be putting your foot in your mouth. OB/GYN Jack Harrigan tells The Answer B!tch that, "There is also an increased risk of having twins naturally as you get older…The increase is actually greater for women in their 40s."

Whether or not stars have had fertility treatments and if they should be open about them or not is a tough topic, debated even within the infertility community. Some parents wish celebrities would be more honest about their fertility struggles and the ways they finally end up conceiving, hoping to shed light on the issue in the public eye, while others feel it is an issue that should remain private – after all, no one would ask anyone about conceiving the old-fashioned way! Danielle, who was interviewed for the article, said, "It’s something people don’t like to talk about…There’s still a stigma attached to the idea—the feeling that you shouldn’t have children if you can’t conceive ‘naturally.’ So, a lot of people just tiptoe around the issue."

What’s your opinion? Should people be open about their fertility treatments, or keep them to themselves?

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