A condition known as adenomyosis may be to blame.
After nine miscarriages and countless rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF), Gabrielle Union has been diagnosed with adenomyosis, a form of endometriosis that often results in infertility. Adenomyosis occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus is found outside the uterus. The cause is not fully understood yet, but the biggest risk factor is age. Eighty percent of cases involve women who are between 40-50 in age. Long-exposure to estrogen can also increase the risk of having adenomyosis. Many women with adenomyosis have no symptoms at all; however, if they do the most common sign is long, heavy, and painful periods. A combination of pain relievers and hormone medication can help ease the pain, but the only way to completely cure this condition is to have a hysterectomy.
Relieved to finally be provided with an answer, Union now wants to raise awareness for other women who may be fighting the same battle. She adds, “Fertility is not an old women issue, it is an issue period.” Struggling to become pregnant can be physically and mentally draining, so it’s important to know the root cause as soon as possible. If you or a loved one is currently experiencing infertility struggles, talk to your primary care physician to learn more about what you can do.
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