Former Dancing With The Stars host Erin Andrews has revealed that she has been struggling with IVF treatments for 8 years. the 43-year-old owned her truth in an essay for Bulletin titled “My Seventh Time Doing IVF, I Am Not Keeping It a Secret Anymore!”. Andrews opens up about living in constant worry and feeling a level of shame for struggling even with medical help. “I’m now 43, so my body is kind of stacked against me,” wrote Andrews who like many women is struggling to get pregnant at an older age.
‘Sometimes It Doesn’t Go The Way You Want It’
The veteran host opened up about the disappointment she has been facing. “I have been trying to do IVF treatment for a while now, but sometimes it doesn’t go the way you want it. Your body just doesn’t allow it. Every cycle is different in a woman’s body, so some months are better than others.” While she knows that she is not alone in her experiences, in the past, she has kept her private life private and did not involve her producers in fear of being pushed aside. “I decided that this time around, I would be open with my show producers about having to come to work a little later than normal because I was attending daily fertility appointments.”
A New Approach
This is a whole new approach than what Andrews has done in the past and acknowledges “I am thankful I did it.” While Andres has found an improved balance currently, she remembers when the IVF was taking a toll on not only her physical health but her mental health as well. “You could go through this whole experience and get absolutely nothing out of it — that’s the crazy part,” added Andrews about the astronomical price tag attached to IVF treatments. “It’s a ton of money, it’s a ton of time, it’s a ton of mental and physical anguish. And more times than not, they’re unsuccessful.” But Andrew maintains she is in it for the long haul because a baby means that much to her.
‘It Freaking Sucks’
“We need to give ourselves more love,” writes Andrews who encourages anyone who is going through the same thing to not hide it or feel ashamed. “It freaking sucks because it can seem like it’s such a lonely thing. There are so many of us going through this though, and it’s just not talked about.” Andrews admits that this is her using her platform to start a conversation. “I’d love to help change the conversation here so people feel they can be more open.”
IVF In Hollywood
Thankfully, Andrews is in the company of other women who struggled with IVF before achieving success like Chrissy Teigen, Amy Schumer, and Kristen Wig. She notes that it took her a while but eventually she realized she wasn’t doing herself any favors. “Why am I keeping this such a secret when this is just a part of our lives?” She ended her op-ed with a call to action asking others f they have “gone through a similar experience?” hoping to hear uplifting and bonding stories.