Former “Dancing with the Stars” judge Julianne Hough is opening up on her sex life with husband Brooks Laich.
In the new issue of Women’s Health, Hough revealed how her struggle with endometriosis has affected their sex life. She said, “It can definitely cut things short. Sometimes we’re in the middle and I’m just like, ‘AH, stop!’ It can be really frustrating.”
While sex isn’t always pleasurable for her, the couple has found other ways to spice it up in the bedroom. She shared, “He only wants to love on me and make me feel good. There’s so much intimacy without actually having sex. There are some cool things we’ve learned and it’s literally been awesome.”
Hough was diagnosed with endometriosis at the age of 20. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 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.”
After her diagnosis, Julianne underwent her first laparoscopy to reduce the painful symptoms. She admitted, “It was an emotional trauma. At the time, I felt very lonely and like nobody understood me. I had no idea that [so many women] had endometriosis.”
The 30-year-old is encouraging women struggling with endometriosis to take control, saying, “The more educated you become, the more powerful you’re going to feel. You have two choices: You can hate it, or it can just become part of you. It doesn’t need to define you, it’s just an aspect of who you are.”
Other celebrities who have been open about their battle with endometriosis include Lena Dunham, Padma Lakshmi and Halsey.