Jennifer Aniston opens up about IVF journey for the first time

Jennifer Aniston has revealed that she tried in vitro fertilization (IVF) several years ago. The 53-year-old actor has been the subject of tabloid fodder for decades, with many speculating about her relationship and desire to start a family.

In an interview with Allure magazine, Aniston talked about a period in her late 30s and 40s that was difficult. She went on to explain that during that period of her life she was trying to get pregnant, which the public didn’t know about until now.

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“It was a challenging path for me, the path of making babies,” she said.

Aniston said she tried IVF and drank Chinese tea, seen as a holistic approach to helping the pregnancy, and “threw everything at it.” She said she didn’t freeze her eggs, so “that ship has sailed.”

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However, she added that she has zero regrets.

“I actually feel a little relief now because there’s no more, ‘Can I? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe’. I don’t have to think about that anymore,” she said.

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IVF is a series of procedures to help conceive a child. During the process, a woman may take fertility drugs to produce eggs. These eggs are usually fertilized, turned into an embryo and then implanted. The eggs and embryos can also be frozen for future implantation.

A full IVF cycle can take three weeks, but sometimes it takes longer or the procedures are split up. The chances of IVF working depend on many factors, including age.

A woman’s egg production declines with age, and the quality of the eggs also declines, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For these reasons, some people collect eggs at a younger age and freeze them for later use, rather than wait and potentially miss the opportunity to collect healthy eggs.

Aniston was married to actor Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005, and during and after that relationship, rumors swirled about her desire to become a mother. She said it hurt that tabloids viewed her lack of children as “selfish” and assumed it was the reason she and Pitt, who went on to marry and have children with Angelina Jolie, divorced.

“That was absolutely a lie. I have nothing to hide at this point,” Aniston said.

In 2016, Aniston wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post on the subject of tabloid speculation. “The past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s worth based on her marital and maternal status,” she wrote. “The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by the press just trying to uncover whether I’m pregnant or not…points to the continuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, failures or unhappy if they are not married with children.”

In the Allure interview, Aniston said she wrote the post “because it’s so insane and I’m not superhuman to the point where I can’t let it penetrate and hurt.”


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