Jennifer Aniston has revealed that she tried in vitro fertilization (IVF) several years ago. The 53-year-old actor has been the subject of tabloids for decades, with many often speculating about his relationships and his desire to start a family.
In an interview with Allure magazine, Aniston opened up about a tough time in her late 30s and 40s. She went on to explain that during this period of her life, she was trying to get pregnant, something the public was unaware of until now.
“It was a tough road for me, the road of making babies,” she said.
Aniston said she tried IVF and drinking Chinese teasing, which is seen as a holistic approach to helping with pregnancy, and was “throwing it all in.” She said she didn’t freeze her eggs, so “the ship sailed”.
She added, however, that she had no regrets.
“I actually feel a bit of relief now because there’s no more ‘Can I? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.’ I don’t need to think about it anymore,” she said.
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, transformed 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 takes longer or the procedures are split. The chances of IVF working depend on many factors, including age.
A woman’s egg production slows with age and egg quality also decreases, according 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 waiting and potentially missing 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 be a mother. She said it was painful that the tabloids viewed her lack of children as ‘selfish’ and assumed that was why she and Pitt, who married and had children with Angelina Jolie, divorced .
“Those were absolute lies. I have nothing to hide at this point,” Aniston said.
In 2016, Aniston wrote a editorial for the Huffington Post about tabloid speculation. “This past month in particular has enlightened me how much we define a woman’s worth based on her marital and maternal status,” she wrote. “The sheer amount of resources being expended right now by the press simply trying to find out whether I am pregnant or not…indicates the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful or unhappy if they are not married with children.”
In the interview with Allure, Aniston said she wrote the op-ed “because it’s so infuriating and I’m not superhuman to the point where I can’t let it penetrate and hurt.”