Erin Andrews reveals how cervical cancer diagnosis made her and fiance Jarrett Stoll closer, plans to have kids

Erin Andrews is a survivor.

The 39-year-old Dancing With the Stars co-host covers Health magazine's July/August cover, stunning in a red bikini. In the candid interview, Andrews opens up about getting diagnosed with cervical cancer last September, and how it turned her relationship with her now fiance, hockey pro Jarrett Stoll, much more serious.

"It was a huge step for my relationship with my boyfriend at the time," Andrews says. "Because you don't know if a guy is going to want to sit in with an oncologist and see, 'OK, so this is your cervix, and this is your uterus, and we are cutting out this part...'"

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"We hadn't even been discussing marriage," she continues. "We hadn't discussed babies! It really puts things on the fast track for you -- because you have an oncologist saying to you, 'We highly recommend that you guys do your embryos right now, freeze them.' I'm like, 'Hi, hon. I love you. I hope we're spending our lives together.' And he was amazing."

Andrews and 34-year-old Stoll got engaged in December. Andrews says the two are definitely planning to have kids, and that she had actually already frozen her eggs a couple of years back. She reveals she's also currently undergoing IVF shots.

"One thing I love my future husband for is that our oncologist said the smart thing to do would be to have some insurance waiting -- so we have frozen embryos because we've taken the steps," she says. "We don't know what the future entails. We actually had to push this photo shoot because I was in the middle of [the IVF cycle]. I'm doing all these [IVF] shots and in these bathing suits, and I was like, 'Yay, look at my pin marks!'"

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ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 20: ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews smiles on-air during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Miami Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field on November 20, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Tech beat Miami 41-23. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - July 2: Erin Andrews of ESPN (right) talks with infielder Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays after play against the Boston Red Sox July 2, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 24: Erin Andrews of ESPN attends the ESPN the Magazine's 6th Annual Pre-Draft party at Espace on April 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 08: ESPN commentator Erin Andrews looks on during a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers against the New York Mets on July 8, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Dodgers 5-4. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Erin Andrews attends the ESPY's Celebration Of Champions Athlete Kickoff at J Bar on July 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: ***EXCLUSIVE*** ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, recipient of the Best Male Athlete and actress Demi Moore pose backstage during the 2009 ESPY awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for ESPY)
RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 3: ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews reports from the sidelines prior to the game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 15: ESPN commentator Erin Andrews interviews coach Brian Kelly and quarterback Zach Collaros #12 of the Cincinnati Bearcats after play against the University of South Florida Bulls October 15, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - ERIN ANDREWS and MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY - Since joining ESPN in 2004, Erin Andrews has become one of the most well-known sports reporters in the country. She teams with MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who returns for his eighth season. The all-new cast of celebrities and their professional partners hit the dance floor on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 12: ESPN personality Erin Andrews interviews Frank Haith, head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes after a win over the Virginia Tech Hokies in their quarterfinal game in the 2010 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 12, 2010 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - ERIN ANDREWS - Since joining ESPN in 2004, Erin Andrews has become one of the most well-known sports reporters in the country. She teams with MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who returns for his eighth season. The all-new cast of celebrities and their professional partners hit the dance floor on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Chris Chavira/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 24: Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Erin Andrews are seen on March 24, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight, (12:05 - 1:05 a.m., ET), following 'Nightline,' featuring a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for MONDAY, APRIL 26 included actress Megan Mullally ('Party Down'), ESPN commentator Erin Andrews ('Dancing with the Stars') and 13-year-old National School Scrabble 2010 Winners Evan McCarthy and Bradley Robbins. (Photo by Michael Desmond/ABC via Getty Images) ERIN ANDREWS, JIMMY KIMMEL
***EXCLUSIVE*** DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW - 'Episode 1007A' - The sixth couple to be eliminated this season was sent home on 'Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,' TUESDAY, MAY 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) ERIN ANDREWS, EVAN LYSACEK
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: TV personality Erin Andrews arrives at the 2010 CMT Music Awards Arrivals at the Bridgestone Arena on June 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption ***
OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28: Television personality Erin Andrews on air before game 1 of the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series between the UCLA Bruins and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - ESPN's Erin Andrews contributes reports to GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing on the ABC Television Network. GM10 (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) ERIN ANDREWS
STILLWATER, OK- NOVEMBER 27: Sideline reporter Erin Andrews of ESPN interviews head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners after a game with the Oklahoma State Cowboys on November 27, 2010 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 05: ESPN reporter Erin Andrews attends the ESPN Winter 2011 TCA Panel at the Langham Hotel on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Erin Andrews, Chase Crawford and Chrissy Teigen attend DIRECTV's Sixth Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl Game at Victory Field on February 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Sportcaster Erin Andrews attends the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20: TV personality Erin Andrews presents an award during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Erin Andrews attends a NHL playoff game between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on May 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Sportscaster Erin Andrews arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Jarret Stoll #28 of the Los Angeles Kings skates with his girlfriend sportscaster Erin Andrews during the family skate after the team practice for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium on January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Erin Andrews joins 'Dancing with the Stars' as host alongside Emmy-Award Winner(r) Tom Bergeron for its 18th season premiering MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). No stranger to the ballroom, Andrews competed on the 10th season of 'Dancing with the Stars' making it all the way to the finals. Known for being a pioneer in sports broadcasting, Andrews's skills from the field are sure to be an asset in hosting a spirited dance competition. This season, the show also welcomes new Music Director and Composer Ray Chew to the ballroom. Continuing a tradition of live musical accompaniment, Chew's band will feature a new line-up of musicians and singers performing music ranging from the latest pop hits to the great standards of the past. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: NHL player Jarrett Stoll (L) and sportscaster Erin Andrews attend The 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For ESPYS)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2009' - Four remaining couples advanced to the SEMI-FINALS on 'Dancing with the Stars' this MONDAY, MAY 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. ET). The competition was neck and neck as each couple fought to make it to the top 3 and dance in the finale. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, NOAH GALLOWAY, TOM BERGERON, ERIN ANDREWS
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Host Erin Andrews attends the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Erin Andrews (L) and Brittany Snow present onstage during the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: Sportscaster Erin Andrews looks on prior to game four of the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

"We went from football to everything that happened to freezing embryos—mixing hormones and wedding planning," she says about her roller coaster year with Stoll.

These days, Andrews is busy planning their big day and also balancing her duties as both a reporter for Fox's NFL coverage and a DWTS co-host.

"I wanna be the female Michael Strahan," Andrews says about her ambitions.

However, starting a family is also now also a priority.

"I grew up in the South. People were getting married at 21; I had my first major job at 21, and I was missing everybody's weddings because I was doing football games and baseball games," Andrews explains. "I had never been to Europe until two years ago -- I've gone to all the sports cities, but I'd never had a life for myself. I want to continue doing more, but it's going to be shaped toward how I want to have this family and how I do want to have kids. I think it's possible that I'll be able to have a kid and be able to do this for a living. We're just gonna have to figure out how."

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In a recent emotional interview on Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, Andrews teared up when she spoke out about finding out that she had been secretly filmed while naked in her hotel room by her stalker, Michael David Barrett, in 2008.

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