Popular sportscaster Erin Andrews has a lot going for her. She has a great job, she’s beautiful, and she has many fans.
She also wants to have a baby. And unfortunately, becoming a mother has been a struggle for the 43-year-old. Andrews had kept her infertility private.
However, in a blog post she released this week, she opened up about the challenges she has been facing and the emotional toll it has taken on her. “My seventh time doing IVF, I am not keeping it a secret anymore!” she titled the post.
In the post, Erin Andrews revealed that she has been having IVF – or In Vitro Fertilization – for several years now.
“On top of being on a special assignment last week where I was sometimes working up to 14 hours a day, I also had to set aside time for IVF treatment,” Andrews wrote. “For those familiar, you know it’s a time-consuming and emotionally draining process. 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. …”
‘We Are All There Together’ Said Erin Andrews About IVF
After enduring that many IVF treatments over so many years – and worrying that her secret would become public – Erin Andrews said she decided to open up about her struggles. In doing so, she hopes other women experiencing the same struggle will know they are not alone.
“It can sometimes be embarrassing when you are in the waiting room and they say your name out loud. It makes me think, ‘I want this to be quiet, I don’t want people to know,’ but I don’t care anymore!” Erin Andrews also shared. “It sucks, but I am right there with all these other women in the waiting room. It’s 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.”
The popular sportscaster also talked about the strains IVF causes. It’s especially emotional when the procedure is not successful, she also shared.
“The entire treatment takes such a mental and emotional toll on your body. You feel like s***. … feel bloated and hormonal for a week and a half,” Erin Andrews wrote. “You could go through this whole experience and get absolutely nothing out of it — that’s the crazy part. 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.”
During her latest IVF treatment, Andrews said she drew inspiration from one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.
“So, as I sat there in that waiting room last week, I gave myself a Tom Brady pep talk! I was like, ‘You’re 43, you’re giving this a shot!’ Everyone said his arm was dead. Everyone said he couldn’t be on a new team and win a championship, and look what happened! Anything is possible, why not us?” Andrews shared.