Gabrielle Union has opened up about something very personal and very sad:
Her struggle to get pregnant.
In excerpts from her book, "We're Going to Need More Wine," the actress reveals that she has tried and failed to start a family via various fertility treatments.
Union allowed People Magazine to publish these excerpts and she spoke to the publication about this heartbreaking issue.
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Union Married NBA Star Dwyane Wade in 2014
She helps take good care of the player's kids from his previous marriage, but says she and Wade want a child of their own.
A Cycle of Pain
"I have had eight or nine miscarriages," the 44-year old writes in the memoir. "For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — 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."
A Candid Admission
Union has discussed her need for fertility treatments in the past. But this is the first instance of her delving into her miscarriages.
She Said This in 2015:
"So far, it has not happened for us," Union told Redbook. "A lot of my friends deal with this. There's a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger. The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you're wearing a scarlet letter."
And Then This a Few Months Later:
"I think TV shows and films kind of make [out that] the frigid, single-focused career woman, that her career is the root of all problems in her life. That's just not the case. Fertility is an issue, period. Having a career is not the price you pay for any ill."
Love Still Conquers All
Union writes that she and Wade "remain bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we’ve both dreamed of." They aren't giving up.