This Is Us - Kate and Toby IVF analysis by Dr. Morris S3 Ep. 2-5
Kate's Struggles With IVF on 'This Is Us' Are Hitting Home for Fans
This Is Usis known for its raw, emotional moments, and so far, season 3 isn't pulling any punches.
Episode 2 gave us a wider picture of how Jack's death has affected the Pearson children, drawing a direct connection between each of their current issues (Kevin's drinking, Kate's eating, Randall's impulsiveness) to the impact of his death 20 years prior.
Fans have had a particularly strong reaction to Kate's IVF storyline, which began in episode 1 when a doctor initially told her that her weight made the procedure too risky. The doctor eventually had a change of heart after realizing how important having a baby is to Kate and agreed to treat her on the condition that she understands her chances of success are slim. By episode 2, Kate has started her hormone injections and is already dealing with symptoms like hot flashes, while Toby begins to feel the effects of antidepressant withdrawal. To top things off, they're keeping their IVF journey a secret from their family—but that plan quickly goes down the drain when Miguel discovers their needles and medication hidden in a six-pack of pudding.
Unsurprisingly, things don't go over well with Rebecca, who urges Kate to consider the risks associated with IVF and being overweight. "Why would you take that risk when there are so many other options out there?" she asks Kate.
"Because I want to," Kate responds immediately. "I want to look at the baby and see Toby. I want to see myself. I want to see Dad." Toby jumps to her defense, adding, "This is not about you, Rebecca. This is not about any of you. This is about me and Kate... We have every expert in town telling us how dangerous this is, and we know it probably won't work out."
Since season 3 premiered,This Is Usfans have been buzzing about Kate's IVF struggles on social media. Many shared that they had experienced similar difficulties when trying to get pregnant.
As someone who struggles with and has been trying for 3 years... someone who cannot afford to even try it. I feel for Kate. It's nice to see someone with my struggles on TV and light being brought to @NBCThisisUs— Stephanie Sparks (@StepUghKnee) September 26, 2019
Watching premiere and never related to TV character as much when Kate hears she can’t undergo because of her weight. The first doctors we went to said the same to us (I had actually lost 30 pounds prior). I was devastated.— Michele (@Grafxcowgirl) October 2, 2019
If I want my kiddo to have another sibling IVF is likely in my future. That's scary being a fat chick.— Hi it's me🦋🌺 (@SirenFae) September 26, 2019
watching last nights episode of made me remember how blessed I am to be pregnant.
I know how it is to have PCOS and I too have had doctors tell me that my chances of getting pregnant naturally without IVF or fertility drugs were slim to none and how heartbroken I was.
@ChrissyMetz my sister is going through IVF these days, the toll it takes on you, especially emotionally, is undescribable! Thank you for shedding some light on the matter and telling Kate's story so beautifully❤️— Esti (@MusicalAbuse) October 3, 2019
Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate, responded to several fans on Twitter, thanking them for sharing their own IVF stories.
"I'm so grateful that I get to be an instrument to tell these really beautiful relatable stories that we don’t talk about and women are even afraid to bring up," Metz toldPeople. "It’s exciting, that’s what art is supposed to do."
Other fans pointed out that the cost of IVF often blocks many women from seeking treatment, as the around ,000, with another ,000 to ,000 going toward medication, testing, and delivery. And that's just for one cycle—some women have spent tens of thousands of dollars on multiple IVF cycles. Plus, only 15 states have passed laws requiring insurance companies to cover infertility treatments.
How does a single income couple in LA pay for IVF? Or has Kate gotten a job since last we saw her?— Michelle Nugent (@MichelleNWrites) September 26, 2019
And others felt that Rebecca was right to remind Kate of the many risks.
Rebecca is right to bring up the risk of IVF for Kate. I'm 1000% for anyone trying to have or not have a child in whatever way works best for them, but Kate isn't going to be able to successfully will a child into existence. I hate everything about this storyline.— Amanda BW (@amandawysocki) October 3, 2019
I want to be on Kate's side about the IVF thing, but it is super dangerous and she's over 35. Also, her comment about being the only one to carry on Jack was super disrespectful to Randall and rude to Kevin.
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