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Did Endometriosis Play a Role in Monroe’s Death?

Yesterday, August 5th, 2012, marked the fiftieth anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's untimely death. The star died of a drug overdose under still-debated circumstances at the age of 36. Marilyn, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, rose to fame in the early to mid-1950s, with a stream of hit movies that turned her into a mega-star.

But despite the glamorous photo spreads and sexual icon status, she spent much of her life in chronic pain due to endometriosis , suffering miscarriages , reportedly having at least one ectopic pregnancy and becoming addicted to pain killers. There was even one story that before going into one of her surgeries related to her infertility issues, she taped a note to her stomach, pleading with doctors not to take her female parts.

A few years ago, the Endometriosis Association was even bold enough to suggest that Marilyn’s infertility may have indirectly contributed to her death: "Marilyn Monroe was a victim of endometriosis, putting her in the hospital repeatedly, contributing to her use of pain-deadening narcotics and aggravating her psychological problems.”

Although we will never know exactly caused Marilyn’s death or the role that her fertility issues may have had in her unhappiness, we do know that treatment for endometriosis is much simpler and more effective than in Marilyn Monroe's lifetime.

If you struggle with infertility issues, remember to visit visit FertileThoughts to connect with other women who can relate and support!

Comments (2)

I do not believe leaving the line "We know that treatement for endometriosis is much simpler and more effective..." should be left with no other information. Its nice to know that a famous and beloved actress had an illness that many women struggle with, but most would argue that because there has been very little solid research on the chronic illness. And treatments havent made much progress. Its a line that seems line a slap to the face for Endo Fighters who have had no luck.

It was said that she had borderline personality disorder. Well , endo makes me extremely irritable. The feeling of your inside squeezing, sharp knife like pains straight down to my knees. Tired, I lash out quickly on those bad days. Not that I mean to. U just c as nt help it.

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