Gabrielle Union reveals infertility struggle: 'My body has been a prisoner'

The "Being Mary Jane" actress said she had "eight or nine" miscarriages.

"I have endured eight failed IVF cycles, with my body constantly bloated from these hormones," the "Being Mary Jane" star added.

Union, 44, also revealed that she has had "eight or nine miscarriages."

"Each attempt at IVF is a loving action. So we remain here, bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we've both dreamed of," she wrote in the book, according to People magazine.

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, an OB-GYN, appeared live on "Good Morning America" today to discuss what women should know about infertility, especially when they are in their 40s.

People often forget about the emotional toll that miscarriages and infertility can take, Shepherd added, saying that approximately two-thirds of women report feeling depressed after infertility treatment failure. Shepherd said that failure of IVF can also cause a strain on a couple, or put pressure on the stability of their relationship.

Shepherd recommends talking to your doctor early if you are worried about infertility, saying that you do have the option to freeze your eggs at a younger age if you want to put off having children. Using donor eggs is also an increasingly popular choice, according to Shepherd.

Union's book, "We're Going to Need More Wine," will be released on Oct. 17, and the actress will appear live on "GMA" to discuss it in two weeks.

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