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Erin Andrews Reveals She's Undergoing Seventh Round of IVF

Erin Andrews Reveals She's Undergoing Seventh Round of IVF

Erin Andrews is opening up about her journey to motherhood.

In a new essay, the 43-year-old sports broadcaster revealed her struggles to start a family as she undergoes her seventh round of IVF.

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“It’s a time-consuming and emotionally draining process,” Erin wrote about IVF in an essay posted to Bulletin. “This is my 7th one, and I’ve been going through these treatments since I was 35 years old.”

“I’m now 43, so my body is kind of stacked against me. I have been trying to do IVF treatment for a while now, but sometimes it doesn’t go the way you want it. Your body just doesn’t allow it,” Erin wrote. “Every cycle is different in a woman’s body, so some months are better than others. When I heard this was the best time to go through another treatment, I had to figure it out all over again. How am I going to juggle this treatment on top of my work schedule? I got so stressed out. When this happens, it really makes you question: is it the future of my family or is it my job?”

Erin, who has been married to former pro hockey player Jarret Stoll since 2017, went on to say that she works in an industry where she believes “women feel the need to keep things like this quiet.”

“There are so many other women who maybe put their careers on the back burner because they don’t want to miss out on any opportunities,” she continued. “It’s so common that people are starting families late and put so many other aspects of their lives on hold.”

Erin then said that all those undergoing IVF are on a “team that no one wants to be a part of…We’re all going through this and having a tough time. It can be so isolating, but in reality, we are all there together.”

“You could go through this whole experience and get absolutely nothing out of it — that’s the crazy part,” Erin said of the IVF process. “It’s a ton of money, it’s a ton of time, it’s a ton of mental and physical anguish. And more times than not, they’re unsuccessful.”

Erin added, “I think that’s why a lot of people choose to be quiet about it. Because maybe we feel as if this is something we have to do, and we don’t want to jinx it. On the other hand, we can also feel like we’re a failure as females or to our partners. But we are all warriors for going through this! The fertility clinic can sometimes be so full, it’s heartbreaking, but we really aren’t alone here. You never know who else is going through this; it could be another co-worker or the person making your coffee every day. There are more people than you think.”

Erin concluded her essay by explaining why she decided to speak out publicly about her fertility struggles.

“Now that it’s my seventh time, something just hit me. Why am I keeping this such a secret when this is just a part of our lives?” Erin asked. “Instead of feeling ashamed, we need to give ourselves more love. It freaking sucks, because it can seem like it’s such a lonely thing. There are so many of us going through this though, and it’s just not talked about.”

Back in 2017, Erin Andrews opened up about her battle with cervical cancer.

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