Jennifer Aniston opens up about IVF journey for the first time

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

In an interview with Allure magazine, Aniston talked about a time in her late 30s and 40s that was difficult. She then explained that at that time in her life she was trying to get pregnant, something the public was not aware of until now.

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“It’s been a tough road for me, the road to making babies,” she said.

Aniston said she tried IVF and drinking Chinese tea, which was billed as a holistic approach to helping get pregnant, and was “throwing everything at it.” She said she didn’t freeze her eggs, so “ship has sailed.”

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He added, however, that he has no regrets.

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

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IVF is a series of procedures that help conceive a child. During the procedure, a woman may take fertility drugs to produce eggs. These eggs are usually fertilized, turned into an embryo and then implanted. 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 processes are split up. The chances that IVF will work depends on many factors, including age.

A woman’s egg production slows with age, and egg quality also declines, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For these reasons, some people collect eggs at an earlier 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 there were rumors about her desire to become a mother. She said it hurt that tabloids saw her childlessness as “selfish” and assumed it was the reason she and Pitt, who went on to marry and have children with Angelina Jolie, broke up.

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

In 2016, Aniston wrote an article for the Huffington Post about tabloid speculation. “This 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 huge amount of resources currently being spent by the press just trying to reveal whether I’m pregnant or not… shows the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, failures or unhappy if they’re not married with children.”

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


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