Jennifer Aniston calls on women to freeze their eggs

by Ingenes Institute 10/11/22

Jennifer Aniston, aged 53, stated: “I would’ve given anything if someone had said to me, ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor.’ You just don’t think it. So here I am today. The ship has sailed.”

“I would say my late 30s, 40s, I’d gone through really hard shit”. “I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenging road for me, the baby-making road,”

After decades of speculation about her maternity, the acclaimed actress revealed: “I was going through In Vitro Fertilization, drinking Chinese teas, you name it. I was throwing everything at it.”

She added: “The narrative was that I was just selfish,” that “I just cared about my career. And God forbid a woman is successful and doesn’t have a child.” “It was absolute lies. I don’t have anything to hide at this point.”

More than ten years later, after the media exposed her and all the emotional and physical burden she endured, she concluded: “I’ve spent so many years protecting my story about In Vitro Fertilization.”

“The [world] creates narratives that aren’t true, so I might as well tell the truth. I feel like I’m coming out of hibernation. I don’t have anything to hide.”

What does Jennifer Aniston mean when she calls on women to freeze their eggs? 

When Jennifer Aniston said: “Do yourself a favor. Freeze your eggs”, what did she mean? 

All women have the right to decide when is the best time to become a mother and egg-freezing is the best ally to make that possible. 

It is about preserving mature eggs, through egg-freezing, to maintain their reproductive potential and, when the time feels right, becoming a mom. 

How does egg freezing work? 

  • Ovarian stimulation: This is the first step, through assisted reproductive technology, we seek the growth and maturation of the eggs. 
  • Egg retrieval: follicle aspiration is performed to retrieve mature eggs.
  • Egg cryopreservation: ultra-rapid freezing at -320.8 ºF.
  • Safeguarding: Mature eggs are stored in nitrogen banks for 1 year. 
  • Reports: indicate the quantity and quality of eggs.

Who is Egg freezing intended for?

This procedure is recommended for women who may fall into the following categories:

  • Women who have been diagnosed with cancer, and are about to begin chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
  • Women with endometriosis or ovarian infertility factors.
  • Women under the age of 35 who wish to postpone maternity.
  • Women who suffer from a condition that affects reproductive health.
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You may be interested in Lorena’s case, who thanks to egg donation and freezing could become a mom

We understand beginning your motherhood is an important decision, no woman should feel pressured into making this choice, whether we might be pushed into it through peer pressure, or the ticking of the biological clock, thanks to cryopreservation of the eggs, science allows you to wait until you feel ready.

If you would like to learn more about egg freezing, as a tool of fertility preservation, you can read more about it here.

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