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Erin Andrews reveals she’s undergoing her seventh round of IVF at age 43

Erin Andrews has revealed that she is undergoing her seventh round of in vitro fertilization (IVF) while opening up about her fertility struggle nearly five years after she beat cancer. 

The 43-year-old sportscaster, who froze her eggs before she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016, wrote about the ‘time-consuming and emotionally draining process’ of IVF in a new personal essay published on Bulletin.  

Andrews explained that she has been going through these treatments since she was 35 while trying to conceive with her husband, former NHL player Jarret Stoll, and is now on her seventh round. 

‘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,’ she wrote. 

Candid: Erin Andrews, 43, opened up about the ‘time-consuming and emotionally draining process’ of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in a new personal essay published on Bulletin

Keeping it real: The sports caster shared that she was undergoing her seventh round of IVF in the hopes of conceiving a baby with her husband Jarret Stoll

Keeping it real: The sports caster shared that she was undergoing her seventh round of IVF in the hopes of conceiving a baby with her husband Jarret Stoll

‘Every cycle is different in a woman’s body, so some months are better than others. When I heard this was the best time to go through another treatment, I had to figure it out all over again. 

‘How am I going to juggle this treatment on top of my work schedule? I got so stressed out. When this happens, it really makes you question: is it the future of my family or is it my job?’

Andrews explained that women in the sports industry often ‘feel the need to keep things like this quiet,’ but she noted that there are also ‘so many other women who maybe put their careers on the back burner because they don’t want to miss out on any opportunities.’

She pointed out that it is ‘so common that people are starting families late and put so many other aspects of their lives on hold.’

For her seventh round of IVF, she decided to be open with her show producers that she would be coming to work ‘a little later than normal’ because of her daily fertility appointments — and she is ‘thankful’ that she did.   

Looking back: Andrews, pictured with Stoll in 2017, has been going through IVF treatments since she was 35

Looking back: Andrews, pictured with Stoll in 2017, has been going through IVF treatments since she was 35

Hard to handle: Andrews, pictured with Stoll last month, explained that her body is 'stacked against' her now that she is 43

Hard to handle: Andrews, pictured with Stoll last month, explained that her body is ‘stacked against’ her now that she is 43

‘They encouraged me to be open about it because this is real life,’ she said. ‘It’s not like I’m leaving to go take a hot yoga class, I’m trying to have a baby. I am not ashamed, and I want to be vocal and honest about this.’

Andrews, who admitted she had to give herself a ‘Tom Brady pep talk’ last week, recalled how she used to find it ’embarrassing’ when her name was called out loud in the waiting room.  

‘It makes me think, “I want this to be quiet, I don’t want people to know,” but I don’t care anymore!’ she wrote. ‘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.’

In her essay, Andrews also touched upon the ‘mental and emotional toll’ IVF takes on the body, saying you ‘feel like s**t’ and it might not even amount to anything. 

‘You could go through this whole experience and get absolutely nothing out of it — that’s the crazy part,’ she explained. ‘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. I think that’s why a lot of people choose to be quiet about it.’

Support: Andrews said women in the sports industry often 'feel the need to keep things like this quiet,' but she decided to be open with her show producers about her fertility struggles

Support: Andrews said women in the sports industry often ‘feel the need to keep things like this quiet,’ but she decided to be open with her show producers about her fertility struggles 

Honest: The former Dancing With the Stars host touched upon the 'mental and emotional toll' IVF takes on the body, saying you 'feel like s**t' and it might not even amount to anything

Honest: The former Dancing With the Stars host touched upon the ‘mental and emotional toll’ IVF takes on the body, saying you ‘feel like s**t’ and it might not even amount to anything

Andrews said that going through her seventh round of IVF made her ask herself why she is keeping it ‘such a secret’ when she’s not alone in her fertility battle.   

‘You never know who else is going through this; it could be another co-worker or the person making your coffee every day. There are more people than you think,’ she wrote.

‘Instead of feeling ashamed, we need to give ourselves more love,’ she added. 

Andrews made the decision to freeze her eggs years before she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September 2016. At the time, she was covering the NFL season and hosting Dancing with the Stars, but she didn’t tell her co-workers about the scare.  

She went first under the knife to remove the cancer on October 11, 2016, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. 

Using her voice: Andrew said she wants to 'be vocal and honest about this' because she is 'not ashamed' about trying to have a baby

Using her voice: Andrew said she wants to ‘be vocal and honest about this’ because she is ‘not ashamed’ about trying to have a baby

Not alone: 'You never know who else is going through this; it could be another co-worker or the person making your coffee every day. There are more people than you think,' Andrews wrote

Not alone: ‘You never know who else is going through this; it could be another co-worker or the person making your coffee every day. There are more people than you think,’ Andrews wrote

One doctor recommended a hysterectomy, which would have taken having kids naturally out of the realm of possibility. 

Andrews decided to do another surgery to remove more of her cervix before taking the steps to do the hysterectomy, hoping that would get the rest of the cancer.

After a follow-up procedure that November, she got the good news from her doctor that the cancer was gone and she wouldn’t need radiation or chemotherapy. 

The cancer diagnosis came just months after she won a very public stalking case against the Nashville Marriott and stalker Michael David Barrett, in which she was awarded $55 million.

Andrews previously discussed undergoing IVF in interviews, and in March, she told Bustle that she and Stoll plan on having children in the near future.  

‘My husband and I missed the whole social circle where people commiserate about their kids, homeschool, all that stuff,’ she said. ‘We’re going to have kids in the next couple of years, so maybe we’ll be in a different social scene.’


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