Courteney Cox\u2019s IVF story might not do anything to help you deal with your own infertility, but we hope it helps you realize that you are not alone in your struggle to conceive.\r\n\r\nPregnancy or IVF in older age becomes harder, as Courteney Cox, aka Monica of F.R.I.E.N.D.S fame, points: \u201cIt\u2019s a fact that after a certain age you have less of a chance.\u201d And she, like many other people, was not open to alternative options such as surrogacy or adoption.\r\n\r\nCox suffered several miscarriages and underwent two cycles of IVF before she gave birth to her baby girl just before she turned 40.\r\n\r\n\r\nLife imitates Art\r\nFor the actor, life imitated art. Just as Monica struggled with fertility issues on the popular TV show, Cox struggled for years in her real life, before she could embrace the joys of parenthood.\r\n\r\nIt was found that Cox had the MTHFR gene mutation, which dictated how her body methylates. It was a rare disorder in which her antibodies would attack the fetus.\r\n\r\n\u201cI suffered miscarriages, my dad died of a really rare cancer, and depression runs in my family, which made my doctor think I should get this gene checked out,\u201d she said in an interview.\r\n\r\nShe was able to get pregnant but could not keep it.\r\n\r\n \r\nIt\u2019s difficult but we just try again\r\nCox and her husband, David Arquette, candidly discussed their struggles on the path to parenthood. \u201cI get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nDespite having miscarried several times, Cox admitted that they recovered fast and tried again.\r\n\r\nWe \u201cbounce back pretty quickly,\u201d she told People Magazine. \u201cI don\u2019t say it\u2019s a walk in the park. But what are you going to do? We just try again.\u201d\r\n\r\n \r\nCourteney Cox's IVF Decision\r\n\u201cWell it was really weird because everyone in my family has kids. I mean, they pop out like it's nobody's business,\u201d she reportedly said. \u201cNo one in my family has a problem. So to me, I just thought this would not be a problem at all.\u201d\r\n\r\nEventually, they thought of IVF and they found the first round to be \u201cnerve-racking.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cI decided to do in vitro and I did that twice,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nBut to stop her body\u2019s adverse reaction to the fetus, she would give herself shots of heparin everyday -- that's a blood thinner. She acknowledges that it\u2019s lucky that the high cost of IVF is within her financial means.\r\n\r\n\u201cIn vitro is a wonderful thing that people can do in this day and age, and I'm lucky enough to be able to afford it,\u201d Cox told Good Housekeeping.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe above image is published on Daily Mail.\r\n\r\nComedy through pain\r\nWhile her own world was distraught with pain, Cox had to make other people laugh, and it was extremely difficult at times.\r\n\u201cThat was hard sometimes. Like I remember one time I just had a miscarriage and Rachel was giving birth. It was like that same time. Oh my God, it was terrible having to be funny.\u201d\r\nCourteney\u2019s daughter, Coco, turned 13 this year.\r\n\r\n \r\nWhat changed her life?\r\nOnce her problem was discovered, and she learned how to tackle it, Cox said her whole life changed.\r\n\r\n\u201cI found out how I could absorb nutrients and protect myself from toxins,\u201d she said. \u201cI used to get so tired and would literally crumble after I ate something. Now I give myself a shot of methylated B-12 daily.\u201d\r\n\r\nShe changed her diet, added the right supplements and \u201cfelt so much better and had more energy.\u201d\r\n\r\nShe also changed her diet when she was pregnant with her daughter Coco, and said, \u201cI took folic acid like you're supposed to, but I learned later that it wasn't good for me. I have to take a methylfolate and methylated B, and then I can absorb it.\u201d\r\n\r\nThere is still a stigma associated with infertility and when a woman of celebrity reveals that she has battled the same war as you, it might be helpful. Thank you Courteney Cox!