Actress Gabrielle Union has always been open about her fertility journey and in recent weeks has spoken out about her adenomyosis diagnosis
The 44-year-old, who was attending an event in New York, has spoken out about having nine miscarriages and eight failed cycles of IVF over a three-year period.
During interviews at the BLOGHer conference, Gabrielle said: “Fertility is not an older women issue, it is an issue period.
“Towards the end of my fertility journey, I finally got some answers, because everyone had just sort of chalked it up to ‘You’re a career woman, you’ve prioritised your career, you waited too long and now you’re just too old to have a kid,'” she said. “‘And that’s on you for wanting a career.'”
“The reality is I actually have adenomyosis,” she added. “There is nothing you can do about adenomyosis. The gag is that I had adenomyosis in my early 20s.”
She has been married to basketball star Dwayne Wade and since 2014 and said before she met her husband she had no desire to have children.
But after getting married all that changed. Wanting to have babies with Dwayne was a natural desire and said she had fallen in love with motherhood.
She helps raise two of his three children and his nephew.
In the latest issue of People magazine, said she: “The child we want to have had been loved even as an idea. Each attempt at IVF is a loving action. So we remain here bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we have both dreamed of.”
What is adenomyosis?
According to UK charity Endometriosis UK, adenomyosis is a similar condition to endometriosis where endometrial tissue grows within the wall of the uterus and responds to the hormonal changes each month causing severe pain. Prevalence is not known as diagnosis is difficult and symptoms are usually managed by hormonal treatments.
Research by Endometriosis UK (Diagnosis Survey, 2015) shows that it typically takes more than seven years for a correct diagnosis to be made. During this time women may suffer agonising pain each month which impacts on their lives, relationships and ability to work.
There is currently no cure and many women suffer for years not knowing they have the condition. Endometriosis UK is campaigning for women to be diagnosed quicker.
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