“The gag is I had it in my early 20s, and instead of someone diagnosing me, they were like, ‘Oh, you have periods that last nine or 10 days and you’re bleeding through overnight pads? Not a mere inconvenience, perhaps there’s something more there,’” Union said.
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The 45-year-old, who has been married to NBA player Dwyane Wade since 2014, said although her symptoms were clear, doctors kept giving her ineffective solutions.
“Every doctor I saw was like, ‘Let me put you on birth control,’” Union said. “Note: 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.”
Union has been open about her challenges to conceive in the past. She wrote in her book "We're Going to Need More Wine" that she had "eight or nine miscarriages." She discussed her experience with in vitro fertilization on "The Dr. Oz Show" in July.
“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant,” she said. “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.”
Union offered support to others at the New York conference, saying, “Just know if you are out there having fertility issues — you are not alone.”