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Actress Tia Mowry Reveals Struggle with Endometriosis
a blog by Claire, January 7, 2013
Actress Tia Mowry of Tia & Tamera and formerly of the teen show Sister, Sister shares her struggle with endometriosis and the birth of her small “miracle”, Cree, in a celebrity blog series online.
For years, the star suffered with intense abdominal pains and heavy menstrual bleeding. She spent the bulk of her college career dealing with an infertility condition that had gone undiagnosed. Many times, the pain was so debilitating Mowry would have to leave class. “I would have menstrual cramps that would send me to my knees and to the bathroom,” she reveals. Sitting on the toilet- sometimes for an hour or more-was the only thing that really alleviated the pain. Women with endometriosis report that applied pressure or heat to the abdomen can relieve some of the pain.
Endometriosis is a disease characterized by the growth of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus, severe pain, and heavy menstrual bleeding. The tissue attaches within the abdominal cavity and can form lesions on the ovaries and other organs. It can be removed via laparoscopy, but is not curable.
After college, Mowry knew she had to consult a doctor about her condition. Diagnosed with endometriosis, she was admittedly overwhelmed by the thought of not having children. “The growth of these cells outside of where they are supposed to be was causing the pain -- and it was a condition that could potentially prevent me from having children. I was devastated,” she says.
Mowry and husband, Cory Hardrict, turned to laparoscopy on two occasions to treat the condition. She decided to take matters into her own hands by consuming a diet to improve uterine lining (free of carbs and sugar), a supposed cure for inflammation which is one of the primary symptoms of endometriosis. After one year of modifying her diet, Mowry got pregnant. Her son, Cree Taylor Hardrict, was born on June 28, 2011.
Though Mowry credits this diet for her successful pregnancy, this may not be the best treatment for every case. If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis or suspect you may have the condition, contact a fertility doctor to discuss the best treatment options for you.