Kim Cattrall opens up about deciding against IVF

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Kim Cattrall has recently opened up about her decision not to continue IVF treatment while filming Sex and The City.

Taking centre stage as an interviewee in an episode of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, aired 23 October, the actor said that she was undergoing fertility treatment in 1998, but decided that her exhausting work schedule was going to affect her plans.

“I thought to myself, ‘Wow I have 19 hours days on this series,’” she said on the show.

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Kim chatting to Piers

“I have weekends where I finish on Saturday morning. My Monday morning would start at 4.45am and go to one or two in the morning. How could I possibly continue to do that, especially in my early 40s?

“And then I realised what a commitment it was just to have the [IVF] procedures.”

The actor, who played the iconic Samantha in the series, said that the moment she realised she was going to opt out of IVF was “extraordinary”.

“I thought, ‘I don’t think this is going to happen,’” she told Morgan. “It was the first moment – it was extraordinary – in my life where I thought maybe I’m just not going to do this.”

Not only is Cattrall glad that she made a choice that suited her wants and needs, she made a striking point: motherhood is not always a biological role.

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Sex and the City

“I thought I have a place to be a mum here, not a biological mum, but a mum and an auntie and a friend. And that has really given me so much, as much as I give I get two-fold back,” she said on the show.

Although the actor may have made headlines for saying that she and the Sex and the City cast were never friends, it is because they regarded each other as colleagues, said Cattrall.  

“We’ve been colleagues and in some way, it’s a very healthy place to be,” she said.

The show, which ran for an impressive 94 episodes, was a trailblazing force in popularising female sexual empowerment. 

Images: Rex Features 


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Jasmine Andersson

When she isn't talking about her emotional attachment to meal deals or serenading unfortunate individuals with David Bowie power solos in karaoke booths, Jasmine writes about gender, politics and culture as a freelance journalist. She wastes her days tweeting @the__chez