Natalie Imbruglia has said she gives her number to women considering IVF and wants to break down ‘weird taboos’ surrounding sperm donation.
The Torn singer, 46, welcomed her first child, a son named Max, after undergoing IVF with a sperm donor aged 44 in 2019.
Speaking on the Spinning Plates podcast she told how other women thinking of doing the same seek her out for advice and often ‘well up’ when she helps them.
Icon: Natalie Imbruglia has said she gives her number to women considering IVF and wants to break down ‘weird taboos’ surrounding sperm donation (pictured while pregnant)
She said: ‘I think what’s important on the journey is to have support.
‘So, if I ever meet even strangers at a dinner party and they’re talking about wanting to do IVF, I give them my number and say ‘ask me anything,’ because it would have been really nice to have that.
‘And these women well up because there’s some kind of weird taboo around it.
It’s a boy! The Torn singer, 46, welcomed her first child, a son named Max, after undergoing IVF with a sperm donor aged 44 in 2019
‘I think for a lot of women it’s kind of like ‘oh can I talk to you’ and they come up to me like that. It’s like I’ve become a trailblazer and I wasn’t even trying to be.’
‘You wouldn’t think (there’s a taboo) until you’re in that situation.
‘I felt like I didn’t know what I was going to get back at me in terms of judgement.
‘But, in the end, I have received nothing but love, nothing but support, nothing but encouragement and that has been really reassuring.’
Baby joy! Natalie announced she was pregnant with her first child in July 2019, after undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) with the help of a sperm donor
Natalie is currently believed to be single.
Natalie underwent In-vitro fertilisation in order to fall pregnant – a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.
The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or, as Natalie revealed she chose, using donors.
The dual Australian/British citizen endured a very high-profile four-year marriage to Daniel Johns, which ended in 2008 with Natalie revealing in 2019 that the pair no longer speak.
Natalie met the Silverchair frontman at an awards show in 1999 and they married four years later, on New Year’s Eve, in a beachside ceremony in Queensland.
Guests at the lavish affair included close pals Kylie Minogue, actor Guy Pearce and Virgin boss Richard Branson.
The couple were often spotted in public locked in amorous displays of affection and, as several onlookers regularly remarked, ‘they were always giggling like teenagers.’
As time passed, they became the subject of increasing break-up rumours, partly due to the length of time they spent apart.
Love: The star, pictured with her nephew Austin, previously rued the life of a singleton admitting she never thought she would be divorced and without children in her late thirties
She announced she was in a relationship with Matt Field in 2017, but the pair have not been pictured together since 2018.
In 2015, Natalie told The Evening Standard that she ‘would really love to be a mum.’
‘It is something that is going to happen,’ she added. ‘I am still hopeful that I will meet someone. And yes, I may well look into other options if I don’t.’
Former flames: Natalie was married to former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns (right) for five years before they split in 2008
Natalie previously said she never expected to be divorced and without children in her forties.
She explained: ‘I am a bit behind the curve as far as family is concerned, but that doesn’t bother me right now.’
Natalie appeared as Beth Brennan, later Willis in Neighbours, in the 90s and also appeared as a judge on X Factor in 2010.
HOW DOES IVF WORK?
In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.
It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally, and a sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.
Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue as normal.
The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or those from donors.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that IVF should be offered on the NHS to women under 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for two years.
People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.
The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are about 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle reducing as they age.
Around eight million babies are thought to have been born due to IVF since the first ever case, British woman Louise Brown, was born in 1978.
Chances of success
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of the infertility (if it’s known).
Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
IVF isn’t usually recommended for women over the age of 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are thought to be too low.
Between 2014 and 2016 the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:
29 per cent for women under 35
23 per cent for women aged 35 to 37
15 per cent for women aged 38 to 39
9 per cent for women aged 40 to 42
3 per cent for women aged 43 to 44
2 per cent for women aged over 44