‘I’d gotten used to disappointments’ Gabrielle Union on years of infertility

Gabrielle Union recently opened on the challenges women battling infertility deal with herself included.

The mother of one has had 9 miscarriages and several failed IVF attempts.

According to Gabriel, not being a mother should not be a measure of a woman’s worth. Adding that events such as Mother’s day only increases pain for ‘childless’ women.

The actress who was on a promotional tour for her latest series L.A.’S finest says

I think for a lot of people who have been on a fertility journey, Mother’s Day brings so much pain.

It just feels like a sick joke, of all of your, “I’m using my finger quotes here,” “failures” as a woman. 

‘And when people are like, ‘You’re not complete until you become a mom,” and you’re like, “D***, do I have any worth?” So Mother’s Day just brings all of that up.

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Gabrielle Union with her husband and daughter.
Gabrielle Union with her husband and daughter.

Gabriel adds

So trying to keep that in mind, you know at 46, celebrating my first Mother’s Day, my family were like, “Well, You’ve been celebrating Mother’s Day with the boys as a step mother!”

I was like, “But there is no Step Mother’s Day. You gotta stay in your lane.”‘

‘Ya, I’m doing the work, I’m in the trenches but it’s not my day.

With Kaav, it felt like this is a day that I’m okay to celebrate loud and proud and stand out front. But I also tried not to lose sight of .

For a lot of people it’s a very painful day.

On mothers day Gabrielle shared a post on how she had gotten used to heartbreak and disappointments before her daughter was born.

I’ve cried so many times today for so many reasons, mainly because I’d gotten accustomed to heartbreak and disappointment. I think alot of us live in that space.

I set up shop there. This moment reminded me that miracles do happen. You cant age out of joy. You are worthy. You are worthy.

You are worthy. Sending so much love today to all the mamas, stepmamas, grandmas, aunties real and play, daddies, friends and anyone who has taken the time to nurture another living soul.

I see you, I gotchu. And to those who have lost their mamas, grandmas, mother figures, sending extra love and light and hugs your way. 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

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The world’s first successful ‘test-tube’ baby, Louise Brown, turns 40

The world’s first ever successful IVF baby, Louise Brown celebrated her 40th birthday on the 25th of July.

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Since her birth in 1978, over 6 million IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) babies have been born all around the world.

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Furthermore, during that period in time, that was the defining moment for reproductive technology discovered by British doctors and scientists.

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I am torn between wanting to abort this child and being a baby mama

A number of people gathered at the Science Museum in London to celebrate the 40th birthday.

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Woman reveals what it’s like to go through IVF

A woman who navigated the emotional and physical maze of IVF has candidly shared the harsh reality that goes on behind closed doors.

Sydney mother Lauren McGill was one of the lucky ones – after her first round of In Vitro Fertilisation following two-and-a-half years of trying for a second child, she fell pregnant with her son right away.

However the road to baby joy for Lauren was paved with tears, pain and anxiety.

‘At the time I do remember wishing I had someone to experience this with. To ask questions, share stories and compare who has the best looking doctor (jokes!),’ Lauren wrote on her blog.

‘In a nutshell my husband had tests which showed that his sperm had below average mobility and stamina, basically giving us a very slim chance of conceiving naturally. Thank goodness for IVF!’.

Lauren explained the glamour and excitement of falling pregnant can be numbed by the constant blood tests and injections.

It pumped the mum-to-be full of hormones and left her prone to random mood swings and migraines.

‘I always did mine in my lower abdomen area. The quicker you go the easier it is! Oh and always do it around the same time each night. 9pm (after my 2 glasses of vino) worked for me,’ she said.

‘Now if you’re like me and you’re a hormone related migraine sufferer then stock up on your pills! This is when they kicked in for me. Three in two days!

‘I also began to be quite sore around my lower back and side area (aka muffin top), the nurse said it was all normal. Cramps were also very prominent and I was quite moody.’

One of the harder steps for Lauren was to wake up in the middle of the night – 2.50am to be exact – to inject herself with a ‘trigger’ injection which stimulates ovulation.

Alongside the gruelling routine she must follow at home, Lauren also described how her constant doctor visits, fasting and the trepidation of waiting for good news definitely took a toll.

And doing it all over again for the second time with her 10-month-old son is no easy feat.

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‘I woke the dog on the way down to the fridge, woke my husband getting back into bed and then woke the toddler knocking my phone off the side table. Bravo to me!’ Lauren joked.

Despite the frustration of playing the IVF waiting game, Lauren’s bundle of joy was worth every tear and needle jab.

Her desire to have a family outweighed the pain and now the brave mother is completing her second round of IVF with hopes for a second child on the way.

Lauren also shared her sage advice to other mothers petrified by the unknown and fear of disappointment.

‘Stay positive. This can be really hard particularly when you’re getting bad news or feeling sh*t but I kept a positive mantra through this whole journey and I really do think it helped. Just keep your mind on the prize!’

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Woman, 40, Claims Her Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Restored Her FERTILITY And Helped Her Get Pregnant

A 40-year-old woman who had been trying to get pregnant for 14 years claims her cancer treatment cured her infertility.

The woman, who lives in Florida and has not been named, took a chemotherapy drug as a part of treatment for pancreatic cancer and says it triggered her ovaries to function properly.

She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after finding a lump on her abdomen. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest types of cancer with a five-year survival rate of five percent.

The woman had surgery to remove the tumor, then underwent treatment with the chemotherapy drug gemcitabine.

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A few weeks after the treatment, the woman noticed that that the drug appeared to restore her ability to ovulate, according to a case report obtained by Life Science.

The woman was diagnosed with an infertility disease called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) after trying to conceive for multiple years.

It is caused by an imbalance of hormones interfering with the growth and release of eggs during monthly ovulation, and causes irregular or non-existent periods in patients.

Most women with the condition grow many small cysts on their ovaries, which are not harmful, but cause a hormone imbalance. It is not clear what causes PCOS, but doctors believe it might be genetic.

he woman reportedly tried unsuccessfully to become pregnant for 14 years, using a combination of fertility treatments, weight loss and tracking her ovulation.

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For an unknown reason, she did not try in vitro fertilization (IVF).

When she turned 35, she felt a lump on the left side of her abdomen and reported sharp pains in the area. She went to the emergency room and, after numerous scans, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The cancer is caused by abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells in the pancreas.

Following the cancer treatments, her doctor explained that she suddenly started having regular menstrual cycles. And, about 15 months later, she found out she was pregnant.

She only carried that child for six-weeks before experiencing a miscarriage, but now, five years later, the 40-year-old has given birth to a healthy child.

Doctors believe the gemcitabine drug restored her fertility and allowed her to become pregnant by acting the same way another treatment for PCOS would have.

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Woman to marry anonymous sperm donor after tracking him down and falling in love

A British-born woman who had a child through IVF is engaged to the anonymous sperm donor she tracked down and later fell in love with.

Aminah Hart, 45, an Australian woman born in London, only met her fiance after she had given birth to their daughter Leila, it has been reported.

She originally selected Scott Andersen, an Australian cattle farmer who lives on an island off the south coast, from five possible sperm donors because she liked that he listed himself as “happy and healthy”.

Aminah discovered his identity through a series of internet searches based on his name as well as his profession as a cattle breeder and his role as a Aussie rules football coach.

They agreed to meet for the first time in Melbourne four days after Leila’s first birthday. Soon after, the pair fell in love and have now announced they are engaged.

Woman gives birth to husband’s baby 2 years after his death

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A woman gave birth to her first child two-and-a-half years after her husband died of cancer, fulfilling his dying wish.

Beating odds of 100 to one, Karen Steer conceived her daughter using sperm harvested from her husband, John, when he was dying of the disease.

Just days after he succumbed to lung cancer, Mrs Steer, 41, learned her first attempt at IVF had failed.

But determined to fulfill her promise to make her husband a father, the widow vowed to keep trying
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