Reality star, Kim Kardashian appeared on the “Today Show” April 27 to lend support for reality Dad, Bruce Jenner who gave a two-hour interview last Friday night. Jenner finally revealed a lifelong and secret struggle that he is transgendered. Even while he beat his body into submission to win Olympic gold in 1976 his belief that he was actually intended to be a female devoured him emotionally. His Olympic feats were a form of overcompensation, trying to convince himself of his masculinity.
Kardashian also couldn’t help but discuss her attempts to expand her family with a brother or sister for baby North. She said that she and husband, Kanye West, will keep trying despite being told by doctors that she should find a surrogate. Momager Kris Jenner has apparently joked that she ought to ask sister Koutney Kardashian, who has three children with longtime love, Scott Disick.
Kim Kardashian revealed her fertility troubles began with the difficult birth of baby North. She returned to the doctor for surgery to remove placental tissue which remained in her uterus after birth. While she did not go into details, many women have difficulty with conceiving after surgical procedures and even healthy births. Scar tissue easily forms in the uterus – something which many doctors never reveal to their patients. Scar tissue develops when the endometrial lining, which sheds once a month for a woman’s period, is damaged.
Rather than grow back, the endometrium scars. Some women develop scar tissue so badly after surgery that the walls of the uterus are stuck together. When a woman becomes pregnant and has scar tissue, the placenta sticks to the scar tissue. This is the untold reason why women used to die from hemorrhaging during childbirth. Kim was told that if she were to have another baby, the baby could only be born through a C-section during which her uterus would also be removed, to spare her life. This scarring condition is called Asherman’s syndrome.
Kardashian was quick to lend her support to Bruce Jenner, he stepfather, as he transitions to being a woman full time. During the ABC special interview with Diane Sawyer, Jenner admitted that Kim was the first of his children to see him cross-dressing when she interrupted one of these private moments. He called her to ask if she was alright after seeing him. Others in the family have been struggling more to accept the change. She summed it up best when she said:
“He (Jenner) has a big heart. And I’m really happy for him that he is living his life the way he wants to live it. And that he has found inner peace and happiness. I don’t know what life would be life if you always felt like if you weren’t yourself. I know it’s not something that you or I could fully understand. But I don’t even think we have to. I think that as long as he is happy, and as long as he wants to live his life – however he wants to live it – that just makes me happy. And I just support him 100 percent.”
For more information about Asherman’s syndrome, please visit www.Ashermans.org.
For more information about transgender issues, please visit www.GenderSociety.com where you can find help, support, information, and understanding.