- A 1925 bus accident severely injured Frida Kahlo, forever changing her life.
- Kahlo suffered multiple miscarriages, causing her great emotional pain.
In a 1932 painting called "Henry Ford Hospital," Mexican artist Frida Kahlo offers a self-portrait of herself bleeding on a hospital bed, grieving after a miscarriage.
Surrounding her image are pictures of an unborn fetus, a pelvic bone, a female abdomen and three other images that symbolize her pain, confusion and intense desire to understand why her body could not carry a baby to term.
A new study offers an explanation for at least some of Kahlo's many health woes. She may have had Asherman's syndrome -- scarring in the uterus that can cause infertility and repeated miscarriages, according to the new theory. Her fertility struggles had a profound influence on her artwork.
"A very common theme in her work was fertility, fertility, fertility," said Fernando Antelo, a surgical pathologist at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center. "In one painting, she draws pelvic bones. In another, a uterus is directly drawn. Another is showing the fetus. She's telling us what she's thinking about, but she never put her finger on what exactly was wrong."