Meredith Vieira has opened up about the comical side of her past fertility struggles, revealing that she confusedly put her prescribed hormone suppositories in her rear end instead of her vagina when she was trying to get pregnant in the 1980s.
The 65-year-old journalist, who was filling in for
‘Can I tell you the funny side of my infertility?’ she said. ‘I never had trouble getting pregnant, but I always had trouble holding onto pregnancies.’
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Looking back: Meredith Vieira, 65, opened up about a comical mishap that occurred when she was struggling with her fertility more than 30 years ago
Solution: When she was starting her family, Meredith suffered about three miscarriages before her doctor recommended she take progesterone suppositories
When she was starting her family more than 30 years ago, Meredith suffered about three miscarriages before her doctor recommended she take progesterone suppositories once or twice a day to try and prevent another one from happening.
At the time, Meredith only knew of laxative suppositories, which are inserted into the anus to relieve constipation.
‘I’m using the suppositories and I think, “This is so weird,”‘ she recalled. ‘Because it’s a suppository and I assume you put this in your butt.’
After doing it for a bit, she admitted to her husband, Richard Cohen, that she was confused by the entire process.
‘I go to Richard, my husband, and I say, “I don’t understand the science — like, does it get into your bloodstream? I don’t get this,”‘ she recounted.
Confused: At the time, Meredith (pictured in 1988) only knew of laxative suppositories, which are inserted into the anus to relieve constipation
Assumption: ‘I’m using the suppositories and I think, “This is so weird,”‘ she recalled. ‘Because it’s a suppository and I assume you put this in your butt’
He was just as clueless about the process as she was, so she finally ended up calling her doctor.
‘I said, “I’m sorry to be ignorant, but I don’t quite understand how putting these suppositories in my rear end is going to help me keep a pregnancy,”‘ she explained.
Second thoughts: After doing it for a bit, she admitted to her husband, Richard Cohen (pictured in 2003), that she was confused by the ‘science’
‘He said, “What are you talking about? They go in your vagina.” Which I didn’t know. And then I started doing that and then I did have a child.’
Meredith and Jenna couldn’t help but laugh over the honest mistake.
‘I don’t know what would have happened,’ Meredith said. ‘I definitely wouldn’t have had a child.’
Meredith and Richard welcomed their first child, Benjamin, in 1989, and went on to have three more. In addition to Benjamin, 30, they have a younger son, Gabe, 28, and a daughter, Lily, 26.
For years, women who had recurrent miscarriages were prescribed progesterone to prevent another from occurring. The hormone, which is essential to maintaining a healthy pregnancy, prepares the uterine lining for implantation of the embryo.
However, a 2015 study in
Whoops! Meredith said when she called her doctor to say she was confused, he replied: ‘What are you talking about? They go in your vagina’
Throwback: Meredith and her husband have three children: Benjamin, 30, Gabe, 28, and Lily, 26. The family is pictured in 2005
Like Dylan, Meredith shared her story to let other women know that they aren’t alone in their struggles to have a baby.
Jenna, who revealed on Monday that she is five and a half months pregnant with her third child, also opened up about her past fertility issues during the segment.
Before welcoming her first child with her husband, Henry Hager, she experienced an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus.
‘Before I had Mila, I had a pregnancy in my fallopian tube,’ she said. ‘It was my first pregnancy. I was so excited. I remember I was in California and I started to feel sick. I was with my best friend, and Henry said, “Take [a pregnancy test]. You’re with Mia. You’re with your sister. Find out if you’re pregnant.’
Honest discussion: Jenna, who is five and a half months pregnant with her third child, opened up about having an ectopic pregnancy before she welcomed her eldest child, Mila
Staying positive: On the same day Jenna announced her pregnancy, her co-star Dylan Dreyer revealed she recently suffered a miscarriage and is struggling with fertility
Remaining hopeful: She and husband, Brian Ficher, discussed their attempts to have a second child on the Today show to help other families going through similar problems
Jenna said she was so excited to find out that she was pregnant that she told about seven people, despite saying she was going to keep it to herself.
She recalled going to the doctor and being told she was pregnant, but they couldn’t find the baby.
‘I had no idea what an ectopic pregnancy was,’ she explained. ‘They looked up and the baby was in my fallopian tube. My husband was out of town. My sister was in Africa. And, so, I went into emergency surgery, and I had my fallopian tube removed — and I was alone.’
Although her husband got to the hospital as fast as he could, she recalled how ‘isolating’ the experience felt at the time.
‘The point of this all is that there is joy and there is pain, and for Dylan to share her pain with all of us…hopefully, that brings us all the hope that there will be joy,’ Jenna said.