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Cindy Margolis Fertility Treatments

Cindy Margolis Fertility Treatments

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Best known as a blonde bombshell, Cindy Margolis is a phenomenally successful supermodel, talk show host, actress, and author. In 1999, Margolis set the Guinness World Record for the World's Most Downloaded Woman, and she was named as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by both TIME and People magazine. Her successes in recent years include landing on the cover of Playboy, and starring in her own dating show called Seducing Cindy, on Fox's Reality Channel.

Despite a professional life full of accomplishment, Margolis struggled to make one of her personal goals, having a baby, a reality. She and her former husband of nine years, restaurateur Guy Starkman, had hoped to conceive a child during their 1998 honeymoon. However, months into their marriage, Margolis still wasn't pregnant.

When the pair consulted a doctor about their unsuccessful attempts to conceive, Margolis was given the frustrating diagnosis of "unexplained infertility." Dedicated to creating a family, the couple quickly explored alternative fertility treatments, which eventually resulted in three beautiful, healthy children.

In-Vitro Fertilization

When Margolis received the news that she would have difficulty conceiving, she and her husband quickly pursued in-vitro fertilization, which combines a couple's egg and sperm outside the body before transferring the embryo into the uterus. Margolis was prescribed fertility drugs, including daily injections administered by her husband, prior to having the couples' fertilized embryos transferred to her uterus.

After three unsuccessful attempts, Margolis and Starkman finally conceived their son, Nicholas Isaac, by combining IVF with a Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer. During the GIFT procedure, fertilization occurred in Margolis' fallopian tubes, rather than outside her body. After a complicated but triumphant pregnancy, the couple welcomed a healthy baby boy into their home.

Surrogacy

After the complications Margolis experienced during her pregnancy with her son, doctors advised against attempting another natural birth. Unwilling to forfeit their dreams of having more children, Margolis and Starkman turned to surrogacy in 2004.

The California couple used the help of an agency to find their ideal surrogate, a woman named Shannon from Minnesota. Margolis is rumored to have flown back and forth between California and Minnesota for the duration of the pregnancy in order to attend doctor's appointments, ultrasounds, and, hopefully, be present for the birth.

Margolis reports an extremely positive experience with surrogacy, stating that she developed a close friendship with Shannon, who gave birth to Margolis and Starkman's twin girls, Sabrina and Sierra, in August of 2005.

From Supermodel to Infertility Spokeswoman

Margolis was so profoundly affected by her journey with IVF and surrogacy that she has become a spokeswoman for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, offering messages of hope and resilience to women facing the same difficulties. In December of 2006 Margolis sparked controversy by posing nude for the cover of Playboy, directing a portion of the sales revenue to RESOLVE and hoping to raise awareness about infertility.

Margolis has also authored a book titled Having a Baby...When the Old Fashioned Way Isn't Working, in which she candidly chronicles her experiences with alternative methods of conception.

Learn More about Fertility Treatments

Advances in medicine have made it possible for women like Margolis to realize their dreams of having a family despite struggling with infertility. If you are having difficulty conceiving, contact an experienced and compassionate infertility doctor in your area.

Image sources: Cindy Margolis, with the twins

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