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Julia Bradbury Gives Hope to Endometriosis Infertility Sufferers

Posted Jun 20 2011 12:00am

UK celebrity Julia Bradbury stepped out to talk about her battle with endometriosis infertility and how she fought for her pregnancy at 40 .

In an interview with The Daily Mail the star of Countryfile, a popular UK reality show, Bradbury opened up about her diagnosis of endometriosis infertility, how she put off family for her growing career and how at 40 she almost lost hope of ever having children of her own.
When Bradbury was 33 years old she was seeing her doctor for a routine examination when she learned that she had endometriosis, a condition that can cause chronic pain, infertility and even cancer. This disease occurs when the cells that line the inside of the uterus begin growing in other parts of the body such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bowel and bladder. These cells act like they do inside the uterus, responding to hormones, thickening and shedding in a monthly cycle. When the cells shed the immune system responds by “healing” it with scar tissue. This scar tissue can disrupt normal ovarian function, block the fallopian tubes, and prevent a woman from becoming pregnant.
According to her interview, Bradbury says that she underwent laproscopic surgery, a common endometriosis infertility treatment which removes scar tissue and adhesions that may be preventing a woman from becoming pregnant.
When she finally got a positive result on her home pregnancy test Bradbury says she was dumbstruck. “It was one of those moments where I thought, 'Really? Really?' Having a baby is the ultimate responsibility. It’s no longer about you.”

Endometriosis affects as many as 1 in 10 women worldwide and often goes undetected or misdiagnosed. Celebrities such as Jillian Michaels (start trainer of the reality TV show Biggest Loser)and Julia Bradbury who suffer from endometriosis infertility are helping to raise awareness about the issue by speaking out about it. 

Read more about endometriosis: Does Endometriosis Cause Infertility?
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