Atilia: In­fer­til­ity noth­ing to be ashamed of

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

A LOT of women who grap­ple with in­fer­til­ity are shy to share about their prob­lems, but not pe­tite singer Atilia Haron.

The youth­ful singer, who turns 43 next week, said she and her hus­band, Adam Sofian, 40, had de­cided to un­dergo in-vitro fer­til­i­sa­tion (IVF) treat­ment with the hope of con­ceiv­ing a child.

“We are look­ing at do­ing so early next year as I feel it’s a good time to do so.

“The new year will mark a fresh start for both of us.

“IVF is some­thing we’ve been dis­cussing for the past year.

“I tried con­sum­ing Chi­nese medicine for about a month, but it didn’t work.

“So, the IVF is the next op­tion. We’ll see what hap­pens. Af­ter all, I’m in my 40s,” she told the New Straits Times.

Atilia, who re­cently re­leased her third al­bum, aptly ti­tled No. 3, said women should not be shy to talk about their strug­gles with fer­til­ity.

“I do not un­der­stand why some find it a taboo sub­ject... be­cause it’s a com­mon sce­nario.

“It hap­pens ev­ery­where, and to many peo­ple — your friends, your rel­a­tives.

“We should not feel that we are in­ad­e­quate be­cause in­fer­til­ity is not some­thing bad or some­thing to be ashamed of.

“At the end of the day, we all want some­thing that’s beau­ti­ful and pos­i­tive, so I think it’s fine to share and be open about it,” said the daugh­ter of cel­e­brated vet­eran singer Salamiah Has­san.

Atilia and her sound en­gi­neer hus­band tied the knot in 2014. By Syahi­rah Mokhtazar

PIC BY NURUL SYAZANA ROSE RAZ­MAN

Singer Atilia Haron will un­dergo in­vitro fer­til­i­sa­tion treat­ment next year.

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