Aisha Tyler Reveals Infertility Struggle on The Talk

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler, co-host on “The Talk”, revealed her struggle with infertility during the first half of the show’s September 10th segment. Tyler has been married to her husband, Jeff Tietjens, for 21 years. She shared that they decided to start trying for a baby once she was offered a co-hosting position on The Talk, but found out that becoming pregnant naturally would be a struggle due to her age.

Tyler, who is 42 years old, visited a reproductive endocrinologist who discovered that she had a tortuous (curled) fallopian tube, making IVF her best chance at becoming pregnant. "After 40 your chances of getting pregnant are between 2 and 8 percent, and in my particular case they were less than 5 percent," Tyler stated. "I'm old; in baby years, that's old to be trying to get pregnant."

Unbeknownst to her fellow co-hosts, Tyler went through multiple cycles of IVF, all of which failed. After spending thousands of dollars on treatments, her doctor admitted defeat telling her, “’look, based on what we're seeing here, I just don't think this is going to happen for you.’”

Tyler and her husband have since decided to stop pursuing fertility treatments, a decision that wasn’t easy to come by. “The hardest part is I really love my husband -- he’s such a good person and he would be such a great father. But we just decided it wasn’t worth it to go through that and so we decided to stop," she said. "It was better to not go through that torture.”

The journey to parenthood might not be over for Tyler who said that down the road she and her husband might look into other options such as adoption or surrogacy.

“I love the idea of adoption,” she admitted. “But I feel like this is such a fresh wound that I want to let it heal for a while before I think about what we could do.”

September 16, 2013 Posted by Jenn Nixon

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