Julia Bradbury health latest: Six symptoms of condition that put her fertility at risk
Julia Bradbury, 48, first became a household name when she began co-presenting Countryfile with Matt Baker in 2004. Her stint on the show then latest another ten years. She’s also presented Watchdog, Planet Earth Live, The Wonder of Britain and Britain’s Best Walks. But in the midst of her career, in summer 2006, Julia was treated for a condition known as endometriosis. This is where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries.
The debilitating symptoms of endometriosis are severe pain, severe bleeding, you can’t move, you’re very depressed
Speaking to Lorraine on her ITV show this morning, she divulged: “My symptoms were I just thought I had very heavy periods, a bit of pain that I was dealing with on a monthly basis and was a bit moody.
“I never had debilitating symptoms but the debilitating symptoms are severe pain, severe bleeding, you can’t move, you’re very depressed.
“There are young girls as young as 21 who are having to have hysterectomies. It is very important that we discuss it.”
“With endometriosis the endometrial lining inside the womb grows where it shouldn’t outside of the womb, so it grows over the ovaries, it can grow around the bowel, everywhere that it shouldn’t, so it can cause great discomfort and that’s what causes the pain and the bleeding.
“If people at work don’t know what you’re going through, if your boss doesn’t know what you’re going through, if you can’t have a diagnosis you can see how that leads to all sorts of problems.”
Julia was in her thirties when she discovered she had the condition and didn’t suspect she had anything wrong.
She said: “ [I was] in my thirties, I was single, I wanted to know if I could still have children basically, I was worried about my fertility.
“So I went for a Well Woman check up – this was a specialist clinic so they knew the sorts of things they were looking for, so I was identified quite quickly once I was there.
“Then I was in my thirties and one of the main impacts of endometriosis is it can impact your fertility and you can’t have children.
“Obviously if you have to have a hysterectomy sometimes or something’s happening around your ovaries, that was the main concern for me.”
Despite problems associated with her condition, Julia and her husband Gerard Cunningham announced they were expecting their first child in February 2011.
In August that year she gave birth to her first child, a son named Zephyrs Cunningham.
On September 2014 she and Gerard announced they were expecting again, this time with twins which were conceived using IVF.
In March 2015, she gave birth tot win girls Xanthe and Zena.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
The main symptoms, according to the NHS are:
- Pain in your lower tummy or back (pelvic pain) – usually worse during your period
- Period pain that stops you doing your normal activities
- Pain during or after sex
- Pain when peeing or posing during your period
- Feeling sick, constipation, diarrhoea, or blood in your pee during your period
- Difficulty getting pregnant
The health body adds: “You may also have heavy periods – you might use lots of pads or tampons, or you may bleed through your clothes.
“For some women endometriosis can have a big impact on their life and may sometimes lead to feelings of depression.”
If you experience any of the symptoms see your GP.
There’s no cure for endometriosis but a variety of treatments can ease symptoms, such as:
- Hormone medicines and contraceptives
- Surgery to cut away patches of endometriosis tissue
- An operation to remove part or all of the organs affected by endometriosis – such as surgery to remove the womb
Another presenter who has spoken about their health condition in the past is Blue Planet Live host Chris Packham.
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