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Jennifer Aniston Opens Up About Her Fertility

By Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

Jennifer Aniston has recently opened up about her fertility issues and accepted that she would not have biological children; Jennifer said that she “would´ve given anything” if someone had told her to freeze her eggs. She also said that for her, “the ship has sailed.”

 

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At 40 years old, she was trying to conceive, but it was challenging. Saying that the baby-making road was hard. After much speculation about her fertility, the actress revealed, “I was going through In Vitro Fertilization, drinking Chinese teas, I was throwing everything at it.” Today we will talk about Jennifer’s story about fertility and why egg freezing may be a great option for conceiving.

Jennifer Aniston Attempts With IVF

Any woman who has undergone an IVF treatment knows how challenging it can be. For Aniston, there was a significant pressure of knowing that paparazzi were looking for a baby bump. 

Looking back on her journey, Jennifer expressed disappointment that it didn’t turn out as she had wished. She said she does not have zero regrets and feels a little relief now because “there is no more,” and she doesn’t have to think about that anymore. Of course, Aniston has endured strong speculation over the years and even spoke to many reporters about the impact of all those pregnancy rumors on her. 

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The Narrative Of Jennifer Aniston’s “Being selfish.”

 In a talk she had with the women’s magazine Allure, the actress said that those pregnancy rumors surrounding her weren’t always what upset her the most. Instead, the narrative that she was “selfish” for focusing on her career and achieving her goals instead of having kids got her bothered.  

She said that people thought she just cared about her career and the reason why her marriage ended was not really because she couldn’t give him a kid, that those were lies. And she didn’t have anything to hide.

In 2016, Jennifer wrote an article for the Huffington Post to clap back at the media’s fixation on her fertility, “For the record, I am not pregnant,” she wrote. “What I am is fed up” In her interview with the magazine Allure, the actress explained what compelled her to write the article. 

“I was like, I’ve just got to write this because it’s so maddening, and I’m not superhuman to the point where I can’t let it penetrate and hurt.”

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Her Message For Women…

She sent a message to women saying they could do themselves a favor by freezing their eggs without overthinking. So they can have the possibility to conceive if they want. Jennifer wishes more women to receive more family-planning guidance, just like she wanted to… “Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor,” said in the interview for Allure.

What Is Egg Freezing?

Egg freezing, also known as egg vitrification, is part of the assisted reproductive techniques that allow women to preserve their reproductive potential by extracting eggs from the female ovary, which have not been fertilized, to be preserved for future use.

After some time, the frozen or vitrified eggs can be thawed and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory to create an embryo and implant it in the female uterus through In Vitro Fertilization technique.

How Is Egg Freezing Done?

  • Ovarian stimulation. Once the woman has decided to keep her eggs, the specialist will administer hormones to stimulate the ovaries and several mature follicles at the same time and have a greater number of eggs. This process, which lasts about 10 to 12 days, is monitored through a vaginal ultrasound to determine if the necessary follicles are being obtained and if their number and size are adequate.
  • Stimulation of ovulation. The specialist will stimulate ovulation through hormones, preparing them for later extraction.
  • Egg retrieval. The specialist will later extract the eggs using a puncture to select the mature eggs.
  • Preparation. The extracted eggs are dipped in a sucrose solution to eliminate the water they contain, preventing crystals from forming during freezing, which can damage the cells.
  • Immersion in liquid nitrogen. Once prepared, the eggs are placed in the tube-shaped container and then immersed in liquid nitrogen at -196 ° C (-320 ° F) to freeze them in a matter of seconds.

When Is It Optimal To Consider Doing It?

  • Disorders that affect fertility. People suffering from autoimmune diseases, anemia, or experiencing gender diversity situations can freeze their eggs for future use.
  • Cancer treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation can affect fertility, so egg freezing gives women facing cancer a chance to get pregnant.
  • In Vitro Fertilization. Some women seeking in vitro fertilization choose to freeze eggs rather than embryos for particular reasons.
  • The decision to postpone motherhood. Many women dedicate their youth to their academic and professional preparation since they do not feel prepared to have children and plan to have a family later.

In these cases, women should seek egg freezing as soon as possible to obtain the highest quantity and best quality for future use.

How Much Does It Cost To Freeze Your Eggs?

At The Fertility Center Mexico, embryo freezing costs $6,600, 56% cheaper than in the US.

 

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We understand that being a mother is a decision, and no woman should feel pressured for this choice since women can decide whether to be mothers or not. With egg freezing, you can wait until you feel ready. Our team of fertility specialists is prepared to receive you. Contact us to schedule an appointment!

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Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

Gynecology, Obstetrics and Biology of Human Reproduction Surgeon at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, specialist Biologist of Human Reproduction by the Mexican Institute of Infertility.

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