Monday 24 September 2018

Halsey: I’m freezing my eggs because of endometriosis

The singer said she made the decision after suffering a miscarriage.

Halsey said she was happy with her decision to take control of her fertility (PA)
Halsey said she was happy with her decision to take control of her fertility (PA)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Singer Halsey has said she is planning to freeze her eggs because of her endometriosis diagnosis.

The American star, 23, said the decision was prompted after she suffered a miscarriage.

She told US TV show The Doctors: “I was on tour, and I found out I was pregnant.

“And before I could really figure out what that meant to me and what that meant for my future, for my career, for my life, for my relationship, the next thing I knew I was on stage miscarrying in the middle of my concert.

“And the sensation of looking a couple hundred teenagers in the face while you’re bleeding through your clothes and still having to do the show, and realising in that moment that I never want to make that choice ever again of doing what I love or not being able to because of this disease.”

She said after the incident she had surgery and told the show: “I’m 23 years old, and I’m going to freeze my eggs.

“And when I tell people that, they’re like, ‘Why would you do that? You’re 23.  Why do you need to freeze your eggs?’

“Doing an ovarian reserve is important to me because I’m fortunate enough to have that as an option, but I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility, about protecting myself.”

The musician, whose real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, said she was happy with her decision to take control of her fertility.

She said: “Reproductive illness is so frustrating because it can really make you feel like less of a woman.

“There’s a lot of times when you’re sitting at home and you just feel so terrible about yourself.

“You’re sick, you don’t feel sexy, you don’t feel proud, you don’t feel like there’s much hope.

“And so taking these measures, so that hopefully I can have a bright future and achieve the things that I want to achieve by doing the ovarian reserve, is really important.

“That is why we need to make sure that women know that being in pain when you’re menstruating is not normal.

“It’s not OK, we can’t minimise these people’s pain and tell young women ‘you’re being sensitive, it’s your period’ because there could be an underlying issue that could kill them.”

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