Early this year, Gabrielle Union was gracious enough to reveal her ongoing fertility issues at her BlogHer event. She mentioned that it wouldn’t be likely for her to get pregnant due to adenomyosis. Adenomyosis is when the inner lining of the uterus grows within the muscle wall. This causes complications when the embryo is developing against the lining in the uterus.
Union also revealed that she had the disease for years, and it wasn’t diagnosed.
“Towards the end of my fertility journey, I finally got some answers, because 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,” said Union. In fact, she even went on to explain how birth control is often used to disguise diseases like her own. “If you are on birth control for anything other than birth control to address or treat any sort of period issue, you are not actually treating or addressing a period or reproductive issue. You are masking it. The pill can mask all kinds of things. It is amazing at preventing pregnancy; not so great with addressing adenomyosis.”
Additionally, Union disclosed how she experienced numerous miscarriages. The actress wasn’t even able to remember all of the times she had experienced them.
After a long battle, Union and her husband, Dwyane Wade, announced that they brought a child into the world via surrogate! Although this may not have been the traditional way Union was hoping for, the couple seems very happy with the decision.
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🎵 When I wake up in the mornin' love And the sunlight hurts my eyes And there's something without warning, love Bears heavy on my mind Then I look at you And the world's alright with me Just one look at you And I know its gonna be A lovely day A lovely day 🎶 A LOVELY DAY 👶🏾👶🏾👶🏾 We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days. Welcome to the party sweet girl! #onelastdance #skintoskin @dwyanewade ❤👑🥂 📸 by @awesomeedd
The couple’s decision also opened up an extremely deep conversation about infertility. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC), about 10% of women in the U.S. are infertile.
In an interview with Dr. Oz, Union states “[n]obody wants the world, which is what it feels like – the world – to think you’re defective, or less than a perfect woman or less than capable. There’s just so much shame and mystery and guilt that surrounds fertility issues.”
During this week, other public figures have spoken out about the fertility issues. Michelle Obama released her own struggles in an interview with Good Morning America that Union quoted on Twitter.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) November 9, 2018