It’s no secret that Marilyn Monroe’s personal life was tough; especially with her fertility struggles resulting in multiple miscarriages. These deeply personal and painful experiences added to the layers of her depression, mental health, and, unfortunately, substance abuse. Monroe desperately wanted to start a family, yearning to do so with her third husband, Arthur Miller. During her marriage to Miller, Monroe had suffered three miscarriages. Her first pregnancy tragically ended abruptly in 1956, then in 1957 she became pregnant again. Sadly, this pregnancy resulted in yet another miscarriage as it was ectopic, meaning the fertilized egg had planted itself outside of the uterus and was unviable.
In 1958, she became pregnant again, and once again, resulted in her third miscarriage during the shooting of the film, “Some Like It Hot.” The director took note that Monroe appeared to be struggling and depressed on set. Monroe was believed to have endometriosis, a painful condition that “causes the cells lining the interior of the uterus to grow outside of the uterus,” per the Mayo Clinic. In the 2022 film “Blonde,” Monroe was suggested to have had an abortion, though there is no evidence that has ever supported that claim.