Colton Underwood's Candid Fatherhood Journey Amid Zero Sperm Count

Exploring Personal Struggles Beyond the Spotlight

by Zain ul Abedin
Colton Underwood's Candid Fatherhood Journey Amid Zero Sperm Count
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Colton Underwood, famed for his stint on "The Bachelor" and known for his courageous public coming out in 2021, is embarking on a deeply personal journey into fatherhood. This 32-year-old reality TV star is set to launch his new podcast, "Daddyhood," on February 21, aiming to share his and his husband Jordan C.

Brown's path to parenthood. As they approach their first wedding anniversary in May, Underwood reflects on how the mutual dream of fatherhood strengthened their bond. In a candid conversation with PEOPLE, Underwood opens up about the challenges and mysteries of starting a family, especially from the LGBTQ+ perspective.

"There's no guide, no resources," he laments, addressing the lack of support and information for those in similar situations. This realization led him to document his nearly two-year fertility journey through "Daddyhood." The podcast isn't just a creative venture for Underwood; it's a step towards transparency.

"It's inviting people back into our lives," he says, acknowledging the personal nature of this journey. Underwood and Brown, who value their privacy, have already made significant progress by creating and freezing embryos with a surrogate.

Facing Fertility Challenges

However, the road hasn't been smooth. Underwood shares his struggles with fertility, a subject often shrouded in silence among men. His initial tests showed a stark contrast to his husband's favorable results.

"All my sperm was dead," he reveals, discussing the impact on his self-esteem and confronting societal expectations of masculinity. The couple's determination saw them overcome these hurdles. Underwood, under medical advice, addressed lifestyle factors adversely affecting his sperm count, including excessive exercise, hot tubs, and prescribed synthetic testosterone from his football days.

Brown's unwavering support, mirroring the same lifestyle changes, played a crucial role in improving Underwood's sperm health. Their collaborative effort paid off, with Underwood's sperm count recovering sufficiently to proceed with embryo creation.

The couple embraces a unified approach to parenthood, avoiding distinctions of biological ownership over the embryos. "They're ours," Underwood states, focusing on the health and well-being of their future child. As they await the outcome of genetic testing with their surrogate, Underwood resumes his former lifestyle, albeit moderately.

He humorously notes the reduced concern for sperm health now that his contribution is secured. "Daddyhood" is more than a personal narrative; it's a beacon of guidance and support for individuals and couples navigating parenthood, particularly in the LGBTQ+ community.

Through conversations with experts, lawyers, surrogates, and egg donors, Underwood aims to fill the gap in resources and support he once faced.