Emma Roberts Reveals She Froze Her Eggs Due To Endometriosis Struggles
Pregnant Emma Roberts, who is expecting a baby boy with partner Garrett Hedlund, has spoken out about her recent fertility struggles.
Emma, 29, was told to freeze her eggs after doctors discovered she had undiagnosed endometriosis - a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan about her experience, Emma said although she had mentioned her "debilitating cramps" to her doctor, it was never looked into until recently.
"I always had debilitating cramps and periods, so bad that I would miss school and, later, have to cancel meetings. I mentioned this to my doctor, who didn't look into it and sent me on my way because maybe I was being dramatic?" She said.
"In my late 20s, I just had a feeling I needed to switch to a female doctor. It was the best decision. She ran tests, sent me to a specialist. Finally, there was validation that I wasn't being dramatic.
"But by then, it had affected my fertility. I was told, 'You should probably freeze your eggs or look into other options'. [...] Just the thought of going through that and finding out, perhaps, that I wouldn't be able to have kids... I did freeze my eggs eventually, which was a difficult process."
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Emma went on to explain that when she first found out about her fertility, she felt as though she had done something wrong, but added that after opening up to other women about her struggles, she realised she was not alone.
She explained that the moment she and Garrett stopped focussing on it, Emma became pregnant.
The couple first shared their happy news back in August. Sitting in a white off-the-shoulder dress, Emma posed for three pictures: one just of her and her blossoming baby bump, and two sat alongside Garrett.
"Me...and my two favorite guys," she wrote, confirming the baby's gender.
Endometriosis affects one in 10 women in the UK, with diagnosis taking - on average - a staggering eight years. For help and support regarding endometriosis, please visit Endometriosis UK or call their helpline on 0808 808 2227.
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