She’s so brave. Gabrielle Union has been very vocal about her fertility struggles by revealing in her 2017 book, We’re Going to Need More Wine, that she’s suffered eight or nine miscarriages. But in a new interview, the actress shared new details about her difficulties getting pregnant.
The 45-year-old revealed at a conference in NYC that she’s been diagnosed with adenomyosis, a form of endometriosis that affects the uterus.
“Towards the end of my fertility journey I finally got some answers,” she shared, according to Essence. “Everyone said, ‘You’re a career woman, you’ve prioritized your career, you waited too long and now you’re just too old to have a kid — and that’s on you for wanting a career.’ The reality is I actually have adenomyosis.”
What Gabrielle didn’t realize, however, is that she’s been battling this condition all along. “The gag is I had it in my early twenties,” she added. “Instead of diagnosing me, [doctors] were like, ‘Oh you have periods that last 9 or 10 days and you’re bleeding through overnight pads… perhaps there’s something more there. Every doctor I saw was like, ‘Let me put you on birth control.'”
In her book, she opened up about the devastating experiences she’s had over the years. “I have had eight or nine miscarriages,” she wrote. “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get — 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.”
Gabrielle — who married her husband, Dwyane Wade, in 2014 — previously opened up during a 2015 interview with Today about how the two were turning to IVF to start a family.
“Fertility is an issue, period. And having a career is not the price you pay for having any ill will. I think TV shows and film kind of make the frigid, single-focused career woman [feel] that her career is the root of all her problems in life,” she shared. “And that’s just not the case. [Life] just gets better with age and having a career is an amazing thing if you choose to have one… all is not lost.” We wish her the best!