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When Fibroids Affect Fertility: Kandi Burruss And Gessie Thompson Share Their Stories

September 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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At the top of the year, Kandi Burruss decided to try her hand at the in-vitro fertilization process. The reality star has been quite vocal in the past regarding her desire to have another child. At 38 years old, she was ready to take the next major step with her new husband, Todd Tucker. Prior to exploring alternative options such as IVF and IVI, the couple tried to conceive the old fashioned way, but after nearly two years of unprotected sex with no success, they sought medical attention.

“We weren’t trying to prevent it for a couple of years, and nothing was happening,” Burruss told Madame Noire of their pre-IVF experience. “You know how you kind of hope that you’ll do it on your own, luck up, and it just happens?”

Testing eventually revealed the source of the problem: a uterine fibroid.

“We realized I had a fibroid—a big one—inside the cavity of the uterus where your baby would implant,” said the reality star.

WebMD defines uterine fibroids as the most common “benign lumps” (or tumors) that “grow on the uterus” and in some cases, these growths can cause complications with conception. Thankfully, if needed, these tumors can be surgically removed. And if no other causes of infertility are evident and all goes well, meaning no other complications are present, the couple should be able to conceive. Burruss underwent surgery to get rid of the fibroid in the cavity of her uterus, and somewhere between one and two months later, opted to try in-vitro fertilization to increase their chances of conceiving.

“We decided to do IVF because this is my last year in my 30s, and I wasn’t trying to keep trying without any results or whatever. We decided to go for it with the IVF treatments. We started in February/March.”

The singer’s first IVF attempt was a success. She’s currently 24 weeks pregnant.

“Luckily for us, it was a blessing, and we actually had success with the first IVF treatment,” said Burruss. “It takes a couple of months for you to go through the whole process of injections, retrieving the eggs and all of that stuff, then allowing them to put them back in and praying that they take. One of our eggs took.”

When fibroids affect fertility: reality TV star Kandi Burruss and fertility coach Gessie Thompson share their stories.

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Identifying fibroids as a possible source of infertility is half the battle for a percentage of women living with the benign growths, but for others, it’s merely the beginning. For some, the fight against fibroids can be a trying, emotionally draining and painful process, and in rare cases, fibroids can grow back rapidly, drastically hindering chances of conception.

“I work with my clients to navigate the spiritual and emotional hurdles they encounter as they journey through fibroids and infertility. Such as bitterness, hopelessness, broken self-worth, jealousy, grief, relational disconnects and even depression,” said fertility coach Gessie Thompson. “We work to develop and execute the right action plan for them.”

Thompson authored Hope Beyond Fibroids: Stories of Miracle Babies & the Journey to Motherhood in hopes of inspiring others after experiencing her own 10-year battle with infertility.  She went through a total of 10 surgeries, five IVF cycles, one miscarriage and more than 100 days spent in the hospital.

“I first discovered I had fibroids in 2001 because I wasn’t getting pregnant when my husband and I decided it was time to expand our family. And, I kept having to fight those fibroids in my 10-year journey as they came back every three to five years–enduring a total of five fibroids surgeries,” said Thompson. “Each surgery brought more complications, including additional major surgeries and severe scarring that restricted my options for getting pregnant to IVF.”

“I felt helpless, powerless and to some degree emasculated watching her go through this process,” admits her husband, Marc Thompson. “I also felt awe, wonder, deep love, and appreciation that she would go through it for the sake of our family dream. It was a roller coaster of emotions almost hourly and definitely daily.”

The couple eventually did conceive, and on September 8, 2011, Thompson gave birth to 2.5-pound baby girl—but even that victory came with challenges.

“When I did finally get pregnant with my daughter, she had to the fight fibroids that remained in my womb for her very life because they were siphoning off the blood flow to her–restricting her growth.”

The couple’s miracle baby was delivered early, by C-section, but Thompson’s heart stopped on the operating table.

“I knew something was wrong when they asked me to leave the delivery room. Gessie had just told them she felt cold and dizzy… I had no idea that she was approaching ‘death’s door’ literally with her heart stopping for six seconds,” Thompson’s husband recalled.

Marc Thompson, Gessie Thompson and Nia Thompson | Courtesy of Gessie Thompson

Marc Thompson, Gessie Thompson and Nia Thompson | Courtesy of Gessie Thompson

Doctors were able to revive the then mom-to-be. Her baby girl, Nia, celebrated her 4th birthday this month. Thompson put an end to her personal battle with fibroids when she underwent a hysterectomy following Nia’s birth, but she still champions for other women plagued by the sometimes troubling condition.

“I am a board member of the 501c3 non-profit The White Dress Project for uterine fibroids awareness and research. We wear white to empower the women suffering in silence with fibroids. They don’t wear white because of the fear and shame rooted in the epidemic associated with heavy bleeding, bloating and more. Awareness and education are the first steps in creating a platform to address the issue of fibroids and legislation is key.”

While some fibroid cases can have a negative impact on reproduction and fertility, having them does not guarantee that one will have issues conceiving. In fact, plenty of women living with fibroids go on to conceive without issue.

“Up to 80% of African American females have fibroids, so obviously, they are very common in our population; however, they do not always hinder pregnancies,” said women’s health expert and gynecologist, Dr. Jessica Shepherd. “Gessie’s story is exceptional but the good news for women is that if you have a fibroid, it does not mean that you can’t get pregnant.”

“The issue with fibroids and pregnancy is location, ” she said.  “When they are in the cavity of the uterus, they can prevent implantation of a fertilized egg, or they can increase the risk of a miscarriage. Or, if you do have implantation and do have a pregnancy, it can increase your risk of preterm labor. There are women who can have fibroids in the cavity who don’t have these problems and carry the baby to full term. One of the options to remove fibroids in the cavity of the uterus is by a hysteroscopic myomectomy and can be done with a tissue removal system such as MyoSure.”

Dr. Shepherd also discouraged fibroid hysteria.

“Without the correct information, some women can go off on a tangent thinking they can’t get pregnant, but that’s not always the case,” said Shepherd. “There are fibroids that are not symptomatic, and there are fibroids that are, so we have to make sure that we put them in the proper category before we start sending out red alerts.”

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Kandi Burruss Is Pregnant!

July 23rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The upcoming season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” will be very interesting. Kandi Burruss and husband Todd Tucker are expecting their first child together.

“We’re so thrilled to announce the news of our bundle of joy, it’s a dream come true,” Burruss announced to E! News

After a year of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, Tucker and Burruss turned to in-vitro fertilization. In April, Dr. Jessica Shepherd told Madame Noire that the fertility complications Burruss was facing had much to do with uterine fibroids.

“It was basically the location of her fibroids and basically that she had previous surgery before that made it a little bit more difficult to conceive,” said Dr. Shepherd.

The couple has not learned the sex of the baby yet. Both have daughters from previous relationships.

“Our daughters, Kaela and Riley, couldn’t be happier about becoming big sisters,” said Tucker.

The reality TV couple tied the knot in April of 2014. We are so happy for them, especially considering all that they’ve gone through to conceive.

In addition to preparing for the new baby, Burruss has recently relaunched her record label, Kandi Koated.

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Dr. Jessica Shepherd Talks Kandi Burruss’ Fertility Issues

April 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this week, we told you that Kandi Burruss would be undergoing in-vitro fertilization after unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for over a year. Today, Burruss will appear on “The Dr. Oz Show” along with her husband Todd Tucker and women’s health expert and OB/GYN Dr. Jessica Shepherd to discuss her fertility issues.

We were recently able to connect with Dr. Shepherd, who provided further insight into the problems Kandi and Todd are facing in trying to get pregnant. She also dished on some common issues relating to women and their reproductive health including trying to get pregnant after 40 and when couples should seek fertility assistance.

MN: We know that Kandi suffered from uterine fibroids, but can you provide insight regarding her specific situation?

It was basically the location of her fibroids and basically that she had previous surgery before that made it a little bit more difficult to conceive.

MN: How do fibroids present issues with conception exactly?

Basically with conception, it all depends on where the fibroid is. If the fibroid is actually in the cavity of the uterus, it can create an environment that has a lot of inflammation. It can also take up space, which can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting inside the uterus where it needs to be.

MN: What are common symptoms of fibroids? Are they always painful?

No, actually the number one complaint of fibroids is heavier periods. It can also cause constipation heavy bleeding during periods, urinary frequency. It all depends on location. Depending on the size of the fibroid, it can cause infertility and conception issues.

MN: Are some women more susceptible to suffering from fibroids than others?

Yes, which is why this is a great site to share this information. African-American women, by the age of 50, up to 75% of them will have fibroids. Any other women of other ethnicities, up to 50% of them will have fibroids by the time they’re 50. It’s a very common problem in women, but with African-American women, in general, the chances are increased.

MN: Is there any way that someone can lower their chances of developing fibroids?

It’s one of those things that just happens. Usually, family history plays a key part in whether or not someone will have them. Usually, if a mother, sister, or grandmother has fibroids, most likely a woman may find herself with fibroids.

MN: There was a study a few years ago that suggested some sort of correlation between relaxers and fibroids?

As someone who deals with fibroids on a regular basis, I have not witnessed a correlation. Having read the studies, I think the significance of the study was not very strong—the significance meaning when you look at the strength of the study.

If you look at fibroids, they’ve been very prevalent in African-Americans, even before we started using perms. And also, women who have never had perms are also susceptible to having fibroids. It’s very hard to use that as a strength in suggesting that people would have an increased risk of developing fibroids. Even if people don’t have perms, they still can have fibroids.

Kandi Burruss Begins Process For In-Vitro Fertilization

April 27th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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After unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for over a year, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker have opted to explore in-vitro fertilization.

“We have started the process of in-vitro,” Burruss told E! Online.

The former Xscape singer adds that relatives are really hoping that she and Tucker conceive soon.

“So just pray for us that everything is great and we get a healthy baby! My family definitely, they definitely want a baby for me and Todd.”

Of course, studies have implied that high-stress levels can have a negative impact on fertility and judging by the RHOA reunion special, Burruss has been under plenty of stress. But the 38-year-old says she’s been trying to take it easy now that filming has wrapped.

“I have a little time off away from the cameras, but I’m never really off,” she said. “So much to do, nonstop, and we’re trying to make a baby right now. I’m off from the cameras, but not off.”

The reality star first announced that she and Todd were trying for a baby in April of 2014. Hopefully, their attempts at IVF are successful. Kandi has discussed wanting another baby for years. We’d love to see that happen for her.

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Side Hustle: 15 Reality TV Stars That Worked It

April 21st, 2015 - By Rich
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These reality tv stars have extended their 15 minutes of fame into a variety of business ventures ranging from legal marijuana to sex toys to personalized apps.

Swipe through and drop us a note in the comments.

Sources: RadarOnline, Top Tenz

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Side Hustle: 15 Reality TV Stars That Worked It

Family Drama Is Taken To A New Level In Bravo Spinoff “Kandi’s Ski Trip” [Watch]

April 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Since last weekend, rumors began swirling about a possible “Real Housewives of Atlanta” spinoff starring Kandi Burruss and husband Todd Tucker. Initially, folks were under the impression that the series would be titled “Meet the Tuckers;” however, this is not the case.

Bravo recently confirmed that Burruss will, in fact, be appearing in a spinoff, but it’s actually titled “Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Ski Trip.” The three-part series will center on a ski trip to Colorado intended to bring the Burruss and Tucker families together. Kandi’s longtime friend Carmon Cambrice also went along for the ride. As to be expected, the special is spilling over with plenty of drama. Mama Joyce continues to accuse Carmon of sleeping with Todd. Kandi’s aunts also express concern that she has changed since becoming Mrs. Todd Tucker. You can read a quick description of the spin-off below.

Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker are off for a family vacation in Colorado—and we’ve got a first look at what to expect.

With so many moving pieces and the recent loss of Todd’s mother Sharon, Kandi and Todd decide to plan a Burruss-Tucker family ski trip to Colorado for a much-deserved vacation. They face many of the same problems other newlywed couples encounter from struggling to blend their families to trying to get pregnant.

Since exchanging vows, Todd has been traveling nonstop to Los Angeles for the production of his new show, while Kandi continues to run her empire at full speed in Atlanta. As both sides of the family come together to hit the slopes, Kandi and Todd do everything in their power to get their relatives on the same page.

Will the chilly getaway provide the rest and relaxation everyone needs, or will having their families all under one roof be too close for comfort?

I know that Kandi is all about getting these checks; however, I can’t help but feel nervous that she’s continuing to allow Bravo to exploit her family’s dirty laundry. Anyway, check out the trailer below. Will you be tuning in?

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Drama Mama: Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker Problems

April 15th, 2015 - By Rich
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So not even 18 months into their marriage Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker’s problems keep popping up all over the Internet. They’ve been fighting over bedroom attire, who’s bringing home the bacon, Kandi’s mama, a baby and possibly some cheating on Todd’s part. On top of that? Rumors are swirling that all of the above is just a show.

All images courtesy of WENN, except where noted.

Sources: Inquistir, Atlanta World Daily, Bravo, Media Take Out

 Drama Mama: Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker Problems

15 Stars With Their Own Reality TV Spinoffs

April 3rd, 2015 - By Rich
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It appears that if you play it smart it becomes quite easy for reality TV stars to snag their very own reality tv spinoffs.

Scroll through and see who made the cut!

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 15 Stars With Their Own Reality TV Spinoffs

Spin-off Alert? Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker Filming A Bravo Spinoff

March 28th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Uh oh, the other housewives will not be happy about this.

According to reports, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker have quietly inked a deal for a spin-off show titled Meet The Tuckers.

The new series, which they’ve been filming for the last few weeks, will follow The Tuckers as they build their production company, deal with family drama and financial issues.

Kandi ignited the rumors when she posted the following selfie.

Interview day for another show! @latashawright & @sewjodie got my hair & makeup together! Thanks luvs! #StayWerking

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The couple was also recently spotted filming their family vacation.

If the rumors are true, Kandi may be taking a stage left off of Real Housewives. This isn’t the first spinoff the couple has had therefore we would not be surprised.

What do you guys think? Would you watch a Kandi/Todd spinoff?


“I Didn’t Know What Phaedra Was Saying Behind My Back”: Kandi Says Phaedra Is The Disloyal Friend

March 10th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you watched Sunday’s episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” then you know that Phaedra and Porsha met up to chat with one another about Cynthia telling everyone that Phae Phae has been cheating on Apollo. During their conversation, Kandi’s name was brought up. Porsha tried to infer that Kandi has not been a good friend to Phaedra, and Phaedra did agree that homegirl has not been there for the very difficult time she has had dealing with Apollo and his legal issues. Both women felt that Kandi has been choosing sides, specifically her husband Todd’s side, and we all know he is #TeamApollo.

Interesting enough, knowing that Phaedra is not happy with Kandi these days, NeNe encouraged Kandi and the rest of the women to take part in counseling so that they could work on their issues. Kandi initially says no, but NeNe informs her that she needs to come along because her friendship with Phaedra is not in a good place–something Kandi was unaware of.

In a new blog post about Sunday’s episode, Kandi expressed her frustration with the whole situation, specifically that her so-called BFF was talking about her behind her back to Porsha. Here’s what she said when she was asked about NeNe’s idea for everyone to take part in counseling:

“I thought it was a waste of my time, but that’s because I didn’t know what Phaedra was saying behind my back. It’s crazy watching the show and hearing Porsha and Phaedra discuss how I’m not a friend and that I’m siding with Apollo because my husband and Apollo are friends, and blah, blah, blah. At the time that they had that conversation, I didn’t even know Phaedra had a problem with me like that. I have argued with Todd defending Phaedra. I have defended Phaedra when Apollo came around talking B.S. to everyone about their relationship. There have been plenty of times that I have taken up for Phaedra. No one can say that I have taken anybody’s side against her. Last week at the dinner Phaedra was sitting next to NeNe and Porsha. I was on the other side of the table. They were the closest to her, so they should’ve been the first to grab her. They are her friends too… Right? There is so much more I could say on this subject, but I’m going to let it go.”

As someone who has watched the series for some time now, I can say that Kandi has gone out of her way to defend Phaedra, and at times, it has caused unnecessary drama in her relationship with Todd in the past. They have enough issues right now…So to see the way things are playing out between Phaedra and Kandi is disappointing, especially when you consider that Phaedra is talking to everyone BUT Kandi about their issues.