‘AGT’ Judge Julianne Hough Reveals Her Sex Life Struggles And IVF Treatment To Have A Baby

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

In recent months, AGT judge Julianne Hough has opened up about her experience with endometriosis, and how it affects everything from her periods to her sex life. More recently, her husband Brooks Laich revealed that the couple is trying IVF to have a baby.

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue which normally lines the uterus grows outside of it. This can cause painful periods, pain during sex, and fertility issues. By using her platform to share her own experience, the AGT judge Julianne Hough is bringing awareness to the condition and hopefully chipping away at the stigma.

Julianne Hough’s Endometriosis Experience

Julianne told Health that she first had symptoms of endometriosis when she was 15, but thought it was part of “just being a woman.” The dancer said she had pain and heavy bleeding throughout the month.

She wasn’t officially diagnosed with the condition until 2008, when she was competing on Dancing With the Stars. After experiencing bad abdominal pain, she went to the hospital. It was discovered that scar tissue had spread to her appendix, and she required surgery.

“It was sort of a relief to know that I actually had a name to the pain and that it wasn’t just part of being a woman, and that I had to tough it out,” she said of the diagnosis, adding, “I don’t feel like I have to hide or push through the pain. I can take a second, because people understand and they know.”

How Endometriosis Affects Her Sex Life

Julianne has also been candid about how the condition affects her sex life with husband Brooks Laich. As she told Women’s Health earlier this year, “It can definitely cut things short. Sometimes we’re in the middle and I’m just like ‘AH, stop!'”

She added that this can be “frustrating,” but that the couple have found ways to deal with it. “There’s so much intimacy without actually having sex,” Julianne said. “There are some cool things we’ve learned and it’s literally been awesome.”

Julianne And Her Husband Are Trying IVF

Julianne’s husband Brooks Laich, a professional hockey player, recently told Us Weekly that the couple is undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization) in the hope of conceiving a child.

“My wife and I want to have children in our future, and going through IVF was a decision we made to increase the [odds] of that happening,” he said. “I wish people would perceive it [that way instead of with] shame or guilt.”

Brooks tackles issues like this, which are “stereotyped or deemed sensitive or hush-hush,” in his iHeartRadio podcast with Gavin DeGraw, called “How Men Think.”

How Julianne Supports Others With Endometriosis

In 2017, Julianne was the face of a campaign called Get in the Know about ME in Endometriosis. She has also spoken out about her experience in several interviews, and was a keynote speaker at the BlogHer conference last year.

Julianne Hough and Body Movement

Julianne has credited her positive attitude to moving her body every day, which she says allows you to “connect to your emotions.” She has also said that “dance is my superpower,” adding, “Movement was my form of expression before I had a voice.”

Now, she’s using her voice to bring attention to a condition that is estimated to affect 1 in 10 women.

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Julianne Hough’s AGT Golden Buzzer

So far, Julianne Hough is the only Judge that has yet to press that coveted Golden Buzzer, but we have a feeling that it will happen this week, and that it will be a… dancing act. DUH?

Take a look at all the Golden Buzzer acts and let us know which one would YOU press for, if you had been a judge on ‘AGT’

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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