“Dancing with the Stars” alum Julianne Hough recently revealed that endometriosis is affecting more than just her health, it is also having a negative effect on her sex life with husband Brooks Laich.
In an interview with Women’s Health, Hough opened up how endometriosis has affected her personal life, especially her relationship with her NHL player husband. The 30-year-old dancer confessed that during intercourse, the pain would suddenly prevent them from continuing.
“Sometimes we’re in the middle and I’m just like ‘Ah, stop!’” she told the outlet. “It can be really frustrating.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health, endometriosis is a condition that affects around 11 percent of women of reproductive age. The office stated on their website that endometriosis occurs when the “endometrium, the tissue that normally lines the uterus or womb … grows outside of your uterus and on other areas in your body where it doesn’t belong.” This could also result to fertility problems.
But while the pain of endometriosis has made having sex “frustrating,” it seems Hough’s condition has not stopped Laich from showing her how much he loves her. Hough confessed that the 35-year-old athlete just wants to “love” her and make her feel good.
“There’s so much intimacy without actually having sex,” Hough revealed. “There are some cool things we’ve learned and it’s literally been awesome.”
Aside from Hough, several female celebrities have previously opened up about living with endometriosis, including Padma Lakshmi, Lena Dunham and Halsey, according to Us weekly.
Hough has had endometriosis since she was 15 years old. In 2010, she got surgery for the condition after she was rushed to the hospital during a “DWTS” shoot due to severe cramping.
At the time, Hough revealed that she only realized how much pain she had been enduring until after she underwent surgery. After the procedure, she said she felt “awesome.”
Hough also said that she initially did not want to open up about her condition, but she believed it to be more common than most people think as a lot of women she has talked to also had it.
“I was writing on blogs and people were like, ‘Thank you so much for talking about it and being so open and honest about it,’” she said. “Young girls were like, ‘I have the same type of symptoms and I just made an appointment to go see my doctor.’ It was really cool that I can help people with that stuff.”