Gabrielle Union has opened up about her fertility struggles due to a form of endometriosis. The 45-year-old actress, who is married to NBA star Dwyane Wade, 36, previously confessed to suffering multiple miscarriages in her book, We're Going to Need More Wine.

Gabrielle looked stunning in an asymmetric blue print dress at Jennifer Klein's Day of Indulgence Party in Brentwood, California on Sunday.

At last week's #BlogHer2018 conference in New York, Gabrielle revealed she struggled for years to have a baby with Wade until she finally received the sad news from her doctor.

"Towards the end of my fertility journey I finally got some answers," she told fans. "Everyone said, 'You're a career woman, you've prioritized your career, you waited too long and now you're just too old to have a kid -- and that's on you for wanting a career'. The reality is I actually have adenomyosis."

Adenomyosis is a condition that causes part of the lining of the uterus to grow into the muscular uterine wall. Endometriosis causes part of the uterine lining to grow outside the uterus.

Both conditions causes the uterus to become enlarged, plaguing sufferers with chronic pain. Although endometriosis may not always cause heavy bleeding.

"The gag is I had it in my early 20s," Gabrielle told the audience. "Instead of diagnosing me, they were like, 'Oh you have periods that last nine or 10 days and you're bleeding through overnight pads. Perhaps there's something more there'. Every doctor I saw was like, 'Let me put you on birth control'. The pill can mask all kinds of things. It is amazing at preventing pregnancy; not so great with addressing adenomyosis."

Gabrielle admits she has had to smile through the physical and emotional pain, especially when insensitive people quiz her about having babies.

"People feel very entitled to know," she explained. "(They say), 'Do you want kids?' A lot of people, especially people that have fertility issues, just say 'no' because that's a lot easier than being honest about whatever is actually going on. People mean so well, but they have no idea the harm or frustration it can cause."

Photos by ALLA / BACKGRID

  • Rayne

    Doctors are not the end all be all say so in this. Stop worrying gabby and start praying. It’ll happen. It just might not be your time. Sometimes switching partners works too ? IJS. ?

  • iWasteTime

    It is nice of her to talk about what she's been through and why she hasn't carried a baby but does that mean she cannot be a mother, biologically?

  • dinedaaka

    OK, so she may be unable to physically carry a baby. I understand some people want to experience it all. I get it, but with all the technology and money she has is she unable to pay a surrogate to carry a baby for her? I guess for some it's all or nothing. SMH

  • The Shy Cookie

    All I can think about is when Khia said she took too many visits to the child chop shop. Cold.

  • tintin

    Very sad for her.
    I've found thought if women have had multiple abortions, things in the body tend to shift. If Gabrielle did a few abortions back in her young days, this can be the reason she is having the pregnancy complications.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    and I know why you cant carry one ?.. . bye .... BBL on another post

  • Meme

    You're absolutely correct sometimes switching partners really does work, i heard of it before!!! Prayers too, maybe when she least expects it, it may happen, there's always adoption or surrogacy too, babies /kids can come to you through many different blessings

  • Meme

    Oh! Didn't know she's had a few (mind you you said if)

  • Phillybruh

    She doesn't want them. That's why she wasn't upset when Wade had the outside baby. I wish we could make it easier for a women too say I just don't want kids.

  • free

    i think she said that a long time ago too; i think when still with her ex-husband.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Enough of GABBY AND HER WOE IS ME STORIES.. LETS DISCUSS SISTERHOOD AND GIRL CODE AND SENSITIVY/EMPATHY TOWARDS A WIFE/MOTHER WHOSE ENTIRE LIFE IS SNATCHED BY ANOTHER sistah WHOM had non regard for another sistah! All of a sudden she and Jada are have a story to tell! FOH!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    No empathy here for her choices!

  • free

    between the two of them, they done did and had everything to sell a book/tv show. gabby sippin on bootyholes like straws and jada playing with herself while grandma giving directions.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    How about the forgotten children in foster care!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    NICE OF HER? BWAHAHA!!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Gabby!Gabby!Gaaaaby! Chiiile,you can spin your diagnosis anyway you want to. But the bottom line is KARMA! In my momz days they called it Payback!

  • Bashi22

    correct abortion will make women sterile ask a excellent doctor about it.

  • Meme

    Ms Sandra come on please you must have heard about azalea latest rant about Elon musk it's actually quite hilarious i believe her totally

  • Tiff J

    Technically she is a mother. She is step-mom to DW's two sons and nephew that all live with them. I don't know why they (well at least she) don't deal with the outside baby though,

  • the guest

    It doesn't help that he gave their first baby to another woman. The stress of that must have devastating on her system.

    Sometimes younger men date and marry older women and women who can't have children because they really don't want more children (but they don't tell the woman that).

    They go through the motions of "trying for a baby" to appease the woman but their heart doesn't really want a baby. Wade looks quite content being the center of Gabby's attention and having her take care of his boys.

    I don't like that Gabby is subconsciously using Shovagnn's children to fill her void. She has no maternal instinct and understanding so she has no empathy for Wade's former wife or for his youngest child's mother.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I read Gabby's book and it just made me like her less. It was a semi-boring memoir basically talking about her crushes and how she transitioned in the summer (in the hood) and the rest of the school year playing a caricature to her white friends...she didn't even bring up the break baby.... What I dont understand is if you are walking in your truth you give 100% not just 75% and some filler to take up pages...she comes off as pretentious and manipulative in past real life situation.... I understand all those trial and tribulations about miscarriages but her and her egg head hubby have more then enough funds to hire a surrogate...

  • Tiff J

    OT - that dres is super cute. Wonder if he's part of the collection she has with NY & Co.

  • Bashi22

    This girl Gabby love to wallow in her i cannot have a baby every time she's in the press it's either she on vacation with hubby, she talking about black women should bond together ( she a hypocrite on that issue), selling her book licking her hubby anal , and baby. I think she's at a cross road where she's not a big star in Hollywood even though she's a Cali girl in the business for a long time. Newer black actress nee Lupita came from behind and snatch a Oscar ,red carpet maven, main stream magazine cover ect ect ect. While Gabby had to be with athlete's sit back an enjoy her hubby take his children from their mother deem her crazy. Time is the master of everything Gabby and Wade

  • Coy little wink

    The dress issa no...both prints are cute but not together...makes my eyes hurt

    And those shoes are hideous...

    She looks happy tho...a smile is the best thing you can wear

  • Meme

    Not really feeling the dress should have chosen one material and stuck to it, are we with the buttons or the zip, can't stand the zip would have preferred buttons on one material or the other ?

  • free

    i like it too.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    With her it is...she would rather be this barren woe is me wife than actually getting a surrogate or even adopting a child in foster care...with all of this she is going through she might as well embrace D. Wade's other son and help raise him...

  • Meme

    What was the designer thinking

  • Jennifer Hudson’s Knees

    didn’t she have a lot of ab0rtions not judging but that can mess up your body

  • Coy little wink

    Bi-polar clearly

  • Coy little wink

    Its too much going on

  • shay2shaymd

    I'm currently reading her book. She definitely comes off as all of that plus an air head. I always thought she was phony and still do. Just something about her.

  • Jennifer Hudson’s Knees

    khia’s delivery may be raw but she kept it real right then!

  • MISSMEWITDATBULL

    ?Deadt.

  • Ni Ni

    The consensus seems to be that Gabby is a "woe is me" and i agree. She also has some screws loose up top.

  • Meme

    Oh i see was always trying to work out why people don't like her, i will try to read the book, i havent seen her in an interview that i recall so haven't made up my mind about her but do tend towards liking her than not

  • MISSMEWITDATBULL

    Unless she’s somehow able to convince her nail polish wearing hubby to try and pull a Luda, her Ego will never let her acknowledge that child.

  • Kimocha

    Well I DO have sympathy for Gabrielle because although I was able to have the ONE child I had at the age of 19 yrs old.... I definitely wanted to wait awhile before I had anymore since I was so young.... So I went to business school and graduated and started my career... but 7 - 10 years later when I started thinking about having more children... I was struggling and didn't know why... I had multiple periods in the same month throughout my whole 20's and was told by the docs that I had small cystic fibroids and was put on birth control too... so when I got off of them and tried to have more children... it wasn't happening.... And I NEVER had an abortion OR a miscarriage.... So later in my in my late 30's to early 40's... my periods were so painful.... I couldn't even get out the bed... let alone go to work... Went to the doc and was told that my cysts were HUGE and that I had endometriosis that was hidden because I had so many huge cysts on my ovaries and cervix and had to get an emergency partial hysterectomy on 9/11 some years ago... The docs said that I could've had endometriosis for several years before it was detected.... which definitely cause women to be sterile.... I was DEVASTATED to say the least... but am so thankful to have my one and only Son-Shine! Had him the day before Mother's Day...And had a wonderful pregnancy and birth... He sure has been MY BLESSING! Thank You God!!!

  • VAgirl

    I actually have adenomyisis as well, and I was able to have 2 kids...I guess some people's bodies respond to things differently..

  • Meme

    Do we know for sure that chale boy (Dwayne) hasn't had a vasectomy strikes me as the type to be undercover like that not tell her about it!!! Also is there something Tristan Thompsony about him they remind me of each other in some way

  • interestingconcept1

    She was also a "mean girl"...and I agree with you how are you writing your truth and leave the break baby out and how ironic that that title is: didn't egg head side piece mention something about her being an alcoholic, apparently she was in their house, in their bed, and egg head took down a framed pic of he and Gabby that was on the nightstand and told her that Gabby drinks too much.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Jada: A need to stay relevant by any MEANS NECESSARY thus NEGLECTING send her children to school and be an example of parenting and not friends first motherhood and wife second. Gabby a already spoke about!

  • guest

    Sure Gabby!

  • free

    black women have so much going on. i think we need to start having ultrasounds with the normal pelvic exam because so many of us have these fibroids that we learn about later. we suffer for yearrssssssss with crazy periods thinking it's normal and, like she truthfully says, BC will hide the pain and control the bleeding, but then, bloop, you have 50 fibroids in your abdomen and don't find out until you're ready to conceive.

  • Trace da Ace

    I'm not really feeling the dress and shoes....but I do feel sorry for her. There is nothing worse than wanting to having children, something that we as women are SUPPOSED to be able to do with no issues.....cannot have them. For a moment, I put myself in her shoes and I can only imagine the pain that she has to hide under a smile, knowing that she will never have that experience of carrying a baby, birth and all of that. Yeah Gabby can be a little off sometimes....but on a sensitive subject that she has been very transparent about....it is sad. I pray that God gives her a child or can guide her into adoption or something.

  • TMW

    I was wondering if it’s from her NY & Company line. Looks like something from there.

  • TMW

    It’s a cute casual dress - different. Wouldn’t wear those shoes with it though, probably just some White Vans or something.

  • Wayup!

    Endometriosis..?.. and not ruin Fallopian tubes from too many sex partners?
    I know a girl right now with endometriosis she looks like she's 55 months pregnant...
    Bye Gab grl... Anything for attention I guess...?

  • TMW

    Never understood why she felt the need to write a book...

  • Kimocha

    Exactly!

  • BingBangBoom

    So I wonder if that's the reason why Oprah ditched the idea of having kids?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I'm confused.

    Does Dwayne want any more children and can they afford it since he's thinking about extending his career by playing in China for $25 million over three years.

    That doesn't sound like financial security especially with as many injuries that Dwayne has sustained over the past couple of seasons.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You may have Gabby mixed up with Sherri Sheppard who claims she had at least eight abortions.

  • QueenTee

    Wow

  • Wayup!

    ?

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    She is really beating this horse...

  • Alexis Carson

    Well thats very insensitive to say. I have endo and its not fun at all. Its very painful and you have no idea what comes with it. Everyone doesn't have the same conditions and they dont always look the same and they don't have the same body shapes. Every womans body is different. I dont like Gabrielle Union very much either. But I do understand where she is coming from. You sound like an ignorant, uneducated fool for the dumb ass comment.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Adopt a child if you want one. Or do what some of hollyweird is doing, get a surrogate

  • Wayup!

    I'm so sick of this bih talking about her birth canal and her sex life...?

  • Wayup!

    The girl I know that has endometriosis she has 5 kids and she had endometriosis prior to pregnancy...
    So this chick is lying as per usual
    Now I see why she wanted to steal his first wife kids...?

  • Meme

    Oh ok didn't know she had a line (just googled it) but her line definitely has some good pieces in there I do like a lot of the stuff I saw, you may be right it may well be from her line....maybe that particular dress wasn't selling so she's giving it a boost lol

  • KcoolMuziq

    No Oprah says she doesn't have a motherly instinct and NEVER wanted to after her first pregnancy.

  • KcoolMuziq

    #TEAMGABBY

  • Logan Roberts

    I always feel bad when women want kids and can't have them. That dress is ugly Gabby.

  • Wayup!

    Nobody's talking about you though right?
    Here's your parting prize..?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Last Sunday, I awoke to sharp pains in my lower left abdomen. I got up and walked it out, but the sharp pain returned after lunch. It cut like a knife. I started thinking the worst: ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, colon cancer, endometriosis, etc. It turned out to be gas pain from swallowing too much air when I chew gum. I was up to 2 packs of gum a day. I quit chewing gum, and now I am pain-free.

  • Rayne

    That’s what happened to me. I left my ex boyfriend and all his drama. Met my husband and boom ? I have a 3 month old. My husband and I dated for a whole year . We didn’t have sex for four while long ass months and I ended up taking bout 12 pregnancy tests. All positive!! Looking in the mirror like wtf just happened. My husband timed my cycles to the TEE!! I didn’t know he knew how to do this laughing my naive ass off ????????

  • Solstice

    OMG ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    She has no business wanting children at her age. She is 45. Some women are so selfish. Does anyone think of the children anymore? ??

  • Quitedeliteful

    WOW!!!!!!!!! Who knew gum could contribute to stomach pain...

  • Wayup!

    ?

  • Solstice

    Yay!! Congrats girl ?????

  • Quitedeliteful

    Gabby shares waaay to much for my taste but hopefully she'll consider adoption if she still wants to be a mother.

  • Quitedeliteful

    One thing about Gabby - she is not afraid of fashion... Not everybody would be willing to rock a dress like that.

  • stav

    Anytime you see her or her husband you can expect the fashions to be a disaster!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Like a typical narcissist, Gabrielle wants what she wants. Apparently she doesn't care how her choice will affect those around her.

  • stav

    Causes me severe gas and bloating!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Well she can't have what she wants because he body is saying "NO".
    I always wondered if her reproductive system had been injured when she was raped.

  • Solstice

    Block it sis. Don’t respond

  • Quitedeliteful

    I had no idea. I'm going to stop chewing gum and see if my bloating stops.

  • Nina Ross

    Can’t she get a surrogate like Kim?

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Clown

  • Meme

    Oh my goodness that's such a beautiful story ???? God is so good ?

  • Tish

    Yes, all of the air from gum does that. I don't chew gum as often anymore for that reason as well.

  • Solstice
  • Solstice

    Ooh. I never thought about that. Good point. That’s very sad if it did. ?

  • Guess Who

    That dress is hideous and makes NO sense.

  • abby500

    Throw that dress in the garbage

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I was chewing a lot of gum. About big 5 packs in 2 days. I had loud bowel sounds from all that air. Then the pain started. It only took 2 stabs of pain for me to quit my habit 9 days ago. I haven't had any symptoms since that day.

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    love the dress.....I love her style it's so refreshing when all you see is cheap Spandex dresses on "B" list celebs they bought from Rainbow stores...it shows you can wear cute dresses and pantsuit without looking like a hooker constantly with cheap tats showing on every part of your body!

  • Renee Bee

    Be careful, Auntie! We need you around.

  • Drea982

    Everyone is booing her dress but its the SHOES that suck. Those shoes make me die!!!!

  • Rayne

    Thank you shuga plum ?

  • Kimocha

    Wow! I never knew gum can cause you to swallow a lot of air like that... glad you're feeling better...

  • TheOwley

    Cute style. Love the dress. The universe has sent a message loud and clear, she cannot cry a child herself. Has she tried surrogacy.

  • Yui

    She looks a little loony. And I don’t just mean the outfit—

  • Trace da Ace

    ok....pardon me while I throw away 2 packs of Big Red gum that I just purchased last night.......

  • Trace da Ace

    Sooooo........Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Eva Mendes, Kenya Moore...ext.....and many woman like them, are selfish for having kids later on in life?

  • http://www.facebook.com/juanhustle @JuanHustle

    When I seen "health" in the headline, instantly thought of DWade's ex claims that he infected her with herpes. Rumors never die in this digital era.

  • Cap

    Sorry if I seem insensitive but how could you get pregnant so easily young but then when you’re ready there’s a problem. That’s such a shame. Kids are a blessing there are some women out there who have none of their own at all eg Gab Union. Maybe one day you’ll get the miracle baby you want if not enjoy the one you do have! Getting pregnant actually isn’t as easy as people think... when you look at the science behind it everything has to be right. You have to be ovulating, and dude has to have the right sperm count and his swimmers should have the ability to swim

  • PhillyFacts

    I'm mad I was just reading worried and all you just had to fart..lol...no but seriously gas will make you feel like you're having a heart attack.. glad you're good.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    that dress is fugly.

  • Tish

    Glad you noticed what was going on with your body. Phenylalanine and Phenylalanine cause it. I started reading ingredients more now on labels. I am doing a lot better.

  • trisha hunter

    Agreed! Smh

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Yes in the eyes. Who knows what was going on that day.

  • Jennifer Hudson’s Knees

    who would sleep with that tasmanian devil?

  • BrownIsBack

    Dearest Gabs,
    I love your dress

  • BrownIsBack

    Dearest Gabs,
    I love your dress

  • Emerald Jones

    The people that made those comments to her about putting her career first and that being her fault for why she can't have kids are ignorant people, who clearly don't have jobs or a career. Those people are just jealous b/c they don't have a career and instead of living check to check trying to pay for kids they can't really afford. Whereas, if they had of put their career 1st and then had kids they would be able to afford their children and leisure things as well. So miss me with crap!

  • garrisonville

    I can relate. same thing happened to me. I had to stop and think, what have I been eating different than what I normally eat. the culprit was chewing gum. something simple no one would ever even think twice about.

  • teather

    ANY white dress shoe can kick rocks with the little toe

  • teather

    Sandra never disappoints. All that drama and it was flatulence! :-))

  • Enoughsaid2020

    She looks really cute.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    only ignorant people immediately suspect past abortions when people are dealing with infertility. I get that this is an entertainment blog but seriously, read a book. It must hurt to go through life and be so daft.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    This is terrible and my heart goes out to her.
    “Everyone said, ‘You’re a career woman, you’ve prioritized your career, you waited too long and now you’re just too old to have a kid — and that’s on you for wanting a career’.
    This is one of the meanest things one can say to a woman. WTF raised someone that would say this?? You can have both, it aint easy, but it's possible.

  • Tlowe89

    Uggggh ?....wtf does she have on. I’m so sick of gabby and her closet of clothes

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I did the same thing. I knew it was something I ate. But I didn't think it was the chewing gum until I stopped chewing the gum and the symptoms resolved the same day.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Gum also contains corn syrup which causes gastrointestinal symptoms.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thank you! I was worried too for a minute. Then I put my thinking cap on and figured out what was causing it. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The gum we're chewing today is not the same as back in the day. They put Aspertame and other poison sugars in gum now.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thanks!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thanks, hun. ?

  • Eileen

    It is a sad fact and reality that the feminist movement forget to tell this generation and many generations of gullable young women black and white! Your eggs fade away as you age!! When these older women say" girl you better get married and have those babies" they knew what they were talking about! This is the sad face of the women's movement, p_ssy movement, and feminist movement these movements were created by angry white women and foolish black women followed behind them as if they wanted us to benefit! ...ump get woke sistas

  • Eileen

    I have a college degree 2 degrees as a matter of fact I am also a black women! You couldnt pay me enough money to have a career and then try to have babies in my forties! I was married and at home with my babbies. there is a price you pay for what you treasure

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Black families never recovered from the feminist movement.

  • Coffy

    That dress is no es bueno.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Myself as well as others planned it out well. I had/have a steady career with 1 degree and almost finished with my second while raising teenagers. It is/was hard than a mofo, but I knew/know the way I wanted to live so I sacrificed having my kids before my main career. It doesn't always workout for everybody but it did for me. I waited til I was 25/27 to have my kids. I wish I would of had them younger tho. Yet and still it still worked out.

  • Emerald Jones

    I'm glad your situation worked out for you, but not everyone follows that same journey. I know plenty of career oriented women that are also great mothers and active in their children's lives. My issue is that I do not like how society has started to emphasize this negative outlook on women that are career oriented, as opposed to women that put having a family 1st. Neither is bad, but do not act like being a career woman is a horrible thing that young girls should not strive to attain.

  • Alexis Carson

    You don’t have to be. But I’m talking to you. So you can take that finger and sit on it. Don’t make dumb ass comments if you don’t want a reply, don’t get mad at me because you don’t know what TF you talking about uneducated dummy. I can say what TF I want. So F U 2. Dumb ass ????.

  • Alexis Carson

    Same

  • Wayup!

    NY & Co?...they betta not have no sh!t like that in there!

  • Oya Shango

    She can have her eggs harvested and use a surrogate.

  • Drea982

    HA! Yes indeed. Throw the whole foot away! LOL