Celebrities Living with Chronic Pelvic Pain Victoria Beckham The famous fashionista and wife of soccer legend , David Beckham, blamed PCOS for problems conceiving before she had Brooklyn, now 13. But her condition doesn’t seem to have affected her getting pregnant, as she went on to have three more children. Victoria reportedly took advice on changing her diet and taking supplements to deal with the condition, which had left her with unwanted hair growth.In her book Learning To Fly, Victoria revealed how she was told she had little chance of getting pregnant because of her polycystic ovaries. Padma Lakshmi 42, is an Indian American author, actress, model and television presenter. She also cofounded the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Padma suffered with pain for more than 20 years and was told it was 'all in her head' before she was diagnosed with endometriosis. She had surgery when it was revealed she had 2 cysts on each of her ovaries and was also put on to birth control. She gave birth to her daughter, Krishna, in 2010. Dolly Parton 67, is an American singer-songwriter, actress and author. It was during a 35 date tour of the US and Canada in 1982 that she was taken in to hospital (aged 36) to have a partial hysterectomy due to endometriosis. She later faced a period of depression and suicidal thoughts from not being able to have children. Hillary Clinton 65, is the 67th United States Secretary of State. She had trouble conceiving her only child, Chelsea, born in 1980, due to endometriosis. Emma Bunton 37, is a British pop singer-songwriter from the Spice Girls, actress, model, television and radio presenter. She was diagnosed with endometriosis at 25. "I remember the doctor saying at the time: 'Fifty per cent of women with endometriosis go on to have children'. I thought, only 50 per cent!? It scared the life out of me". She has two sons, Beau, born in 2007 and Tate, born in 2011. Jillian Michaels 39, is an American personal trainer and media personality. Jillian struggles with infertility due to endometriosis having blocked her fallopian tubes, but she has two children, Lukensia and Pheonix, one of whom she has adopted and another that her partner gave birth to. She says she learned very early on that she had endometriosis and polycystic ovaries. Susan Sarandon 66, is an American actress. She was diagnosed with endometriosis in 1983 after suffering from pain, irregular bleeding and fainting. She was told that if she ever wanted children she would have to have surgery and was put on to birth control pills and painkillers. She has three children; a daughter, Eva, born in 1985 and two sons, Jack, born in 1989, and Miles, born in 1992. Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model and singer who was 36 when she died. She never had children though fell pregnant numerous times. All of her pregnancies ended in miscarriage and, reportedly, at least one ectopic pregnancy due to her severe endometriosis. There is a rumour that she went in to one surgery with a note taped to her stomach, pleading with the doctors to not remove her reproductive organs. Although there is much mystery surrounding her death, many think it is indirectly linked to her endometriosis. The disease caused her to become addicted to painkillers which in turn aggravated her psychological problems. Her x-rays from one of her surgeries for the disease fetched $54,000 at auction in 1954. Whoopi Goldberg 57, is an American comedian, actress, singersongwriter, political activist, author and talk show host. She found out she had endometriosis in the 70's and was given medication for the disease which worked. She has one daughter, Alexandria, born in 1973. Deidre Hall 55, is an American actress. Originally thinking she would easily conceive, Deidre underwent six rounds of artificial insemination before being diagnosed with endometriosis. When this tissue was removed surgically, she thought she had found a cure for her inability to conceive. She had six courses of IVF over a nine month period, but, unfortunately, none of them took and one even put her into a brief coma. In 1989, Deidre tried IVFgestational, a procedure where a woman's egg and her spouse's sperm are united in the lab and the embryo is then injected in to the uterus of a surrogate. The result, again, was failure. She was unable to try IVF again as her body couldn't take it. In 1991, Deidre found a surrogate and after two attempts at artificial insemination, the surrogate announced she was pregnant. Robin, the surrogate mother, gave birth to Deidre's son, David, in 1992. Robin later went on to give birth to Deidre's second son, Tully, in 1995. Jools Oliver After Jools married celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in 2000, the couple started trying for a baby without success. She explains: ‘I was quite quickly diagnosed with PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome, I wasn’t ovulating each month like normal.’ She adds: ‘You hear horror stories and you think it’s going to be hard, but I didn’t care. I just wanted a baby.’ Jools took fertility pills to stimulate ovulation: ‘I had all the side effects – dizziness, panic attacks, blurred vision. It was awful, but I just thought, keep going.’ The couple now have four kids.
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