Gabrielle Union has been vocal about her personal struggles with starting a family ;in the past. In an appearance on the ;TODAY show on Monday, the “Being Mary Jane” star opened up again, sharing her thoughts on the many women who strive to balance a career and fertility. “Fertility is an issue, period. And having a career is not the price that you pay for any ill,” Union said. “I think TV shows and film kind of make the ‘frigid, single focused career woman’ that the career is the root of all her problems in her life. Can’t…

Gabrielle Union has been vocal about her personal struggles with starting a family ;in the past.

In an appearance on the ;TODAY show on Monday, the “Being Mary Jane” star opened up again, sharing her thoughts on the many women who strive to balance a career and fertility.

“Fertility is an issue, period. And having a career is not the price that you pay for any ill,” Union said. “I think TV shows and film kind of make the ‘frigid, single focused career woman’ that the career is the root of all her problems in her life. Can’t find a man – ‘it’s the career.’ Marriage falls apart – ‘it’s the career.’ Kid gets an F in algebra – ‘it’s the career’ And that’s just not the case.”

Union stressed to women that there’s a range of available options to achieve successful fertilization. ;

She did it, she says, “Just to show my support and to let people know that it just gets better with age and having a career is an amazing thing if you choose to have one,” she said. “And if you happen to have issues with fertility as you’ve gotten older and you happen to have a career — all is not lost. There’s so much hope, and there’s so many options, and you’re not alone.”

Season 3 of BET’s “Being Mary Jane” premieres on October 20 at 9pm/est. Check out more of Gabrielle Union’s TODAY show interview segment in the clip above.

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