Actress and dancer Julianne Hough has revealed that she and her husband Brooks Laich decided to freeze her eggs, and then start the IVF process before they ever actually tried to conceive naturally
She opened up about her fertility concerns because of her battle with endometriosis.
Julianne, 31, says that freezing her eggs “was more of a precautionary measure” than a reaction to an inability to conceive naturally. “We never actually tried to get pregnant. We thought, let’s do our due diligence for the future by freezing eggs.”
Anyone who has struggled with infertility knows the emotional toll that it can take on your mental and physical health. By freezing her eggs now, Julianne believes that she is helping her future mental health. “I think the healthier I am from the inside out — as far as my beliefs, my energy, what I’m putting into my body — the better prepared I’ll be when the time comes.”
Julianne also went into depth about her struggles with endometriosis
Endometriosis is a chronic condition in which uterine tissue grows throughout the body, causing excruciating pain and cramping. It can make conception difficult, although many women with the condition have had children naturally.
She credits the recent reduction of her symptoms with her focus on fitness, having recently founded a dance-fitness programme called KINRGY. “I will tell you, through this transformation of really connecting back to my truth, I haven’t had symptoms of endometriosis because of the love and kindness I’m giving to my body.”
“I believe there’s stress, shame, guilt and suppression of female energy that’s associated with endometriosis, so de-layering that has really helped.”
Husband Brooks Laich, 36, who plays for the National Hockey League, dedicated a 2019 episode of his iHeartRadio podcast How Men Think that he and Julianne had started the IVF process just before she turned 30.
He told his audience that his wife had been a ‘warrior’ throughout the entire experience
“Knowing she has endometriosis, it could potentially make things challenging in the future to conceive naturally. That was just us looking at the big picture and what we want as a family.” In response to Julianne freezing her eggs back in 2018, he said that he was incredible awed and humbled. “The commitment that she made to us having a family is something I’ll never forget.”
Julianne and Brooks have taken a bold and proactive step in their journey towards having a family
While an endometriosis diagnosis doesn’t have to mean the end of the chance to have a child naturally, it can make things much more difficult and stressful. The couple have the financial resources to take every step possible towards their dream of starting a family, and have prioritised mental and physical health. We wish them all the best wishes in the world on their journey!
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