How Julianne Hough Is Healing Her Painful Endometriosis Symptoms
Julianne Hough recently opened up about her battle with endometriosis, the painful growth of tissue outside of her uterus. However, thanks to her new lifestyle transformation her symptoms have gotten a lot better. The June cover star for Women’s Health Magazine is glowing as she gushed about connecting to her “truth.”
Julianne Hough First Spoke About Her Endometriosis In 2017
When she was as young as 15, Hough began feeling pain in her pelvic area. The pain can worsen during sexual activity and menstruation. Naturally, she took to Google to figure out what her symptoms could be. She stumbled upon endometriosis and felt that the list of symptoms matched what she was feeling. On the set of Dancing With The Stars, she had to leave the show during a commercial break and go to the emergency room. The pains just got to be unbearable. Once Hough got a formal diagnosis from her doctor at age 20, she realized that endometriosis is more common in women than she originally thought.
Endometriosis affects about one in every 10 women during their reproductive years. But, Hough kept the diagnoses to herself for years until she finally understood it and felt like she could speak out about it. She learned that she is not alone and that things can be done to help her mend the pain.
Endometriosis Has Affected Her Sex Life And Baby Plans
Endometriosis can lead to painful sex. Hough said in a past interview with Women’s Health that “It can definitely cut things short” when trying to get intimate with her husband Brooks Laich. She went on to say that “Sometimes we’re in the middle and I’m just like ‘AH, stop!” Hough began undergoing IVF treatments in 2019 because endometriosis can cause infertility issues. However, in her most recent interview, she said “We never actually tried to get pregnant. It was more of a precautionary measure: Let’s do our due diligence for the future by freezing eggs.” This is interesting since the couple has been so vocal about wanting to have children in the future.
Laich also spoke out about having children recently on his podcast. He was asked if he and Julianne were thinking about having a baby during the pandemic because there’s “nothing else” to do. He was very hesitant about this idea. “That reason is so bad because who knows, [restrictions] could lift in a month, it could lift in two weeks,” Laich said. “Just because you have nothing else to do right now, that’s not a reason to bring a life into the world. You can still have sex without having to create a baby.” The pair are quarantining separately during the coronavirus pandemic so there is no physical contact between them.
Julianne Says She Feels Healthier Now
Hough has been “de-layering” the “stress, shame, guilt and suppression of female energy that’s associated with endometriosis.” This has helped her so much and has even made her feel healthy both inside and out. When it comes to endometriosis, she said there are two choices. “You can hate it, or it can just become part of you. It doesn’t need to define you, it’s just an aspect of who you are” Hough said. She clearly chose the latter option and is embracing who she is and living with the disease. It is a part of giving “love and kindness” to her body to put her in a more positive mindset.
One of the things that has gotten her to feel healthier is her online KINGRY class. It combines dancing and working out. “The whole point is that we want you to join in and have your own transformational journey of growth and opportunity and excitement,” she said about KINGRY. Her class includes tai chi, qigong, energy work, strength training, and cardio. She often posts videos on her Instagram promoting these workouts to get people to feel good.
We are glad to see that Hough is feeling better and is willing to speak out about endometriosis. Her celebrity status and outreach shows other women that they are not alone and that they have nothing to be ashamed of.
So many other women can relate to her story and maybe learn a few tips from her on how to feel a little bit better about their diagnoses.