Savannah Chrisley, 23, revealed that she’s planning to freeze her eggs due to her endometriosis diagnosis.
The Chrisley Knows Best star feels “blessed” to have fertility options.
Chrisley was diagnosed with endometriosis at age 18 and has had three surgeries for the condition so far.
Savannah Chrisley is opening up about her endometriosis diagnosis. In a new interview with People, the Chrisley Knows Best star revealed that she plans to freeze her eggs to ensure she can become a mother.
“I’ve always said, ‘God meant me to be a mother.’ I know I would be devastated if that couldn’t happen for me,” she said. “I’m 23, so therefore I don’t have to worry about a ticking time clock. I can have that safety.”
“I’m blessed there are these options out here,” Chrisley continued. “Just because you have to do things a little different than some other women doesn’t mean that it’s any less special. That’s how I look at it. It doesn’t matter how we get there, just as long as we get there.”
In August, Chrisley announced she was living with endometriosis, a painful disorder in which endometrium tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus. The condition affects about 1 in 10 women, and researchers believe endometriosis impacts up to 1 in every 2 women with infertility, per the Office on Women’s Health.
Chrisley explained that she was diagnosed with the condition at age 18 in an Instagram post. “I have struggled BIG TIME. I’m insanely self-conscious and just feel like my body has given up on me,” she wrote in the caption. “The pain at times is unbearable and the toll it takes on my emotional/psychological health is pretty rough at times.”
At the time, she was heading into her third surgery. Typically, if a woman is experiencing severe symptoms, like extreme pain or heavy bleeding, and other options like hormone therapy are not providing relief, surgery is recommended to remove endometriosis implants (a.k.a the excess tissue) or possible ovarian cysts.
After her procedure, Chrisley provided an update about her health in a follow-up Instagram. “Had a huge cyst they had to remove. Found endo in/on my uterus, ovaries, bladder, and surrounding areas.” She said her doctor had to remove all of those areas of tissue, scar tissue, as well as “some nerve to help with pain.” Chrisley spent the night in the hospital and the next day she headed home to recover.
The reality star told People that she feels called to share her story with endometriosis to spread awareness and help others who are also going through a similar experience.
“I felt like it was something that was personal that no one really needs to know about. And then, I started finding myself struggling with certain things emotionally, just not understanding what’s happening or why my body wasn’t working the way that it should,” she said. “Then being able to have kids came into question. I thought to myself, ‘If I’m struggling with this, then I know there are tons of other women that are struggling with it, as well.’”
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