Gabrielle Union and her newborn. Credit: Instagram

Gabrielle Union and Adenomyosis, What You Need To Know About The Condition

by | December 15, 2018

Gabrielle Union has recently welcomed a beautiful healthy baby girl via surrogate. The star has suffered from fertility issues for years and has been quite open about her struggles. After suffering numerous miscarriages, the 45-year-old Hollywood actress and her husband NBA star Dwayne Wade welcomed daughter Kaavia James to their family a month ago. Gabrielle searched for years for answers to her fertility problems, eventually being diagnosed with Adenomyosis. Why did it take so long to come up with an answer? There’s very little known about the condition, even the cause of it is still a mystery.

Gabrielle Union & Adenomyosis. 

What is Adenomyosis?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that Adenomyosis is a condition that affects the uterus. The condition has been likened to endometriosis, which is a condition where endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus, sometimes attaching itself to other organs.

With adenomyosis, the endometrial tissue grows in the outer, muscular walls of the uterus, which can make the uterus than normal.

What Causes Adenomyosis?

At the moment there is no known cause of adenomyosis, but according to the Mayo Clinic, it could be caused by long-term exposure to estrogen. The disease is most common in women ages 40 to 50, who have had at least one pregnancy.

While some women experience no symptoms of adenomyosis, other women with the disease can have painful, heavy and prolonged periods, Gabrielle Union has been candid about what symptoms she experienced. 

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How is Adenomyosis Diagnosed?

Adenomyosis can be incredibly hard to diagnose and is often done so by a process of exclusion. The NIH claiming the only way to confirm the condition is by removing the uterus and performing tests.

While there is not yet a conclusive link between adenomyosis and infertility, some experts think that the disease may affect the fertilized egg’s transport from the fallopian tubes to the uterus, while others think that infertility issues are caused by undiagnosed endometriosis.

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Are there Treatments for Adenomyosis?

Treatments for adenomyosis include; pain medication, birth control, an adenoidectomy (surgery that removes abnormal tissue) or in extreme cases a hysterectomy.

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Symptoms often go away after menopause.

If you think you may have adenomyosis and you are trying to conceive, please speak with your healthcare provider.

Watch Gabrielle Union on Instagram talk about suffering from the condition, and how she now will have a little person who will call her mom. 

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