For anyone struggling with infertility, Gabrielle Union has a message: You are not alone. The Being Mary Jane actress recently opened up about her heartbreaking and ongoing struggle with infertility, after finding out the cause of her seemingly endless journey through “eight or nine miscarriages.”
At the #BlogHer18 Creators Summit in NYC on Wednesday, the author of We’re Going to Need More Wine said she discovered she has adenomyosis, which is endometriosis of the uterus. It occurs when the endometrial tissue, the same tissue that lines the uterus, grows into the the muscular wall of the uterus, causing intense period pain, prolonged and heavy menstrual bleeding and, in severe cases like Union’s, infertility.
“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant,” she said. “I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle or coming out of an IVF cycle.” Union went on to explain that she’d always felt her symptoms (severe menstrual pain and heavy bleeding) were misdiagnosed.
“Every doctor I saw was like let me put you on birth control,” she said, which didn’t actually treat her condition, and just masked it instead.
The number one thing she’d like to tell women going though the same thing? To overcome the fear of hiding it. “Just know if you are out there having fertility issues,” she said, “you are not alone.”