In a recent interview with Women's Health, Gabrielle Union discussed the fact that she had been diagnosed with adenomyosis, a condition that can cause very heavy periods and difficult menstrual cramps. She believes the diagnosis, which only took place "after years of searching for answers," may be linked to the miscarriages she went through before having baby Kaavia James Union Wade via surrogate in late 2018. Adenomyosis is more prevalent than you might believe — and if you have extremely heavy bleeding and cramps during your periods, or have mysterious difficulties getting pregnant, it may be the right diagnosis for you
While Union is one of the only celebrities out there with a public adenomyosis diagnosis, a lot of celebs have been willing to talk about their experiences with reproductive health issues such as endometriosis in recent years, including Julianne Hough, Halsey, and Lena Dunham. Breaking the taboo on these topics is a huge step forward; the more we know collectively about these disorders, the more people can understand their symptoms and feel empowered to seek treatment. While there's no long-term cure for adenomyosis, there are a lot of treatment options available. Here are six things you should know about the condition.