Jennifer Aniston has revealed that she tried in vitro fertilization (IVF) several years ago. The 53-year-old actress has been the subject of tabloid fodder for decades, with many speculating about her relationships 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 was not known to the public until now.
“It was a tough road for me, a road to make a baby,” she said.
Aniston said she tried IVF, and saw Chinese herbal tea as a holistic method to help conceive, and was “throwing everything at it.” He said he didn’t freeze his eggs, so “the ship has sailed.”
He added, however, that he has zero regrets.
“I actually feel a little relieved now because there’s no more, ‘I can? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.’ I don’t have to think about it anymore,” he said.
IVF is a series of procedures to help conceive a child. During the procedure, a woman may take fertility drugs to produce eggs. These eggs are usually fertilized, developed into embryos and then implanted. Eggs and embryos can also be frozen for future implantation.
A complete IVF cycle can take three weeks but sometimes it takes longer or the procedure is divided. The chances of IVF working depend on many factors, including age.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a woman’s egg production slows with age and the quality of the eggs decreases. For these reasons, some people collect eggs at a young age and freeze them for later use, rather than wait and miss the opportunity to collect potentially healthy eggs.
Aniston was married to actor Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005, and during and after that relationship rumors swirled that she wanted to become a mother. She said it was sad that the tabloids considered her lack of children “selfish” and that it was the reason she and the son, who married and had children with Angelina Jolie, divorced.
“That was an absolute lie.” I have nothing to hide right now,” Aniston said.
In 2016, Aniston wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post on the topic of tabloid speculation. “This past month has especially illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s worth based on her marital and maternal status,” she wrote. “Resources are now being spent by the press just trying to reveal whether I’m pregnant or not…points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if They are not married with children.”
In an interview with Oliver, Aniston said she wrote the op-ed “because it’s so crazy and I’m not dehumanized to the point where I don’t let it get in and hurt.”