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 often speculating about his relationships and desire to start a family.
In an interview with Allure magazine, Aniston talked about a difficult period in her late 30s and 40s. She further told that during that period of her life she was trying to get pregnant, which the public did not know about till now.
“It was a challenging road for me, the road to childbearing,” she said.
Aniston said she tried IVF, and saw drinking Chinese tea as a holistic approach to aiding pregnancy, and “was throwing everything at it.” She said she didn’t freeze her eggs, so “the ship’s off.”
However, she said she has no regrets.
“I’m actually a little relieved now because there’s no more, ‘Can I? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.’ I don’t have to think about it anymore,” she said.
IVF is a series of procedures to aid in the conception of a child. During the procedure, a woman may take fertility drugs to produce eggs. Those eggs are usually fertilized, turned into an embryo and then implanted. Eggs and embryos can also be frozen for future implantation.
A complete IVF cycle can take up to three weeks but sometimes takes longer or the processes are split. The chances that IVF will work depends on many factors, including age.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a woman’s egg production slows down with age and the quality of the eggs also declines. For these reasons, some people collect eggs at a young age and freeze them for later use, instead of waiting and potentially missing out on the opportunity to collect healthy eggs.
Aniston was married to actor Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005, and rumors swirled about her desire to be a mother during and after that relationship. She said it was painful that the tabloids deemed her “selfish” for her lack of children and believed that this was the reason she and Pitt, who went on to marry and have children with Angelina Jolie, Got divorced.
“It was a complete lie. I have nothing to hide at this point,” Aniston said.
In 2016, Aniston wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post on the topic of 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 sheer amount of resources the press is currently spending trying to uncover whether or not I’m pregnant … points to the perpetuation of the notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy. if they are not married with children.”
In an interview with Allure, Aniston said she wrote the op-ed “because it’s so upsetting and I’m not superhuman to the point where I can’t let it penetrate and hurt.”