Talk show host Tamron Hall opened up about her journey with in vitro fertilization, particularly the complicated emotions she felt while undergoing the process.
via: Page Six
“I have to be honest with you, being in the IVF clinic, for a while I did feel guilty for being able to afford it,” Hall, 50, said during Wednesday’s episode of her talk show.
“I felt like the game was rigged and although I grew up very poor [and] a 19-year-old single mother brought me home, that now I had an amount of money that put the odds in my favor in some way.”
The former “Today” host and husband Steve Greener welcomed son Moses via IVF in April 2019. Five months later, the journo shared her IVF journey with Allure, delving into the stigmas surrounding the process.
“Clearly there has been a stigma associated with fertility in general,” Hall told the mag. “But we don’t talk about the mental health aspect of it enough, the loneliness [of it] enough, because it’s easy enough to hide these things and make it about the physical nature of it. But, for me, it’s a whole-body experience and a whole journey that can be shared.”
Hall went on to explain how painful the process was for her, made more complicated by her travel schedule for work.
“When I was traveling, I was afraid to give myself the injections. It was very painful and I couldn’t work up the nerve … It’s brutal,” she explained. “I’m fortunate to be able to have this procedure and access but the pain is real. You don’t want to be ungrateful, you don’t want to minimize what chance you have right now that someone else would beg for. Even though I was grateful and this was an opportunity I had, it still hurt. I’m still bleeding.”