- Jennifer Aniston went through IVF and other methods to try to conceive, she revealed to Allure.
- The actress said she resented the narrative that she was selfish for not having children.
- Aniston, 54, said she has no regrets and shared her IVF journey to set the record straight.
Jennifer Aniston spent years trying to get pregnant — and all the while, the media was either spreading rumors about a baby bump or blaming the actor for putting her career over parenthood.
“It was really hard,” Aniston, 54, said in an interview for Allure’s December 2022 cover story.
In the interview, the “Friends” star told journalist Danielle Pergament that her “baby-making road” was a tough one, and that the many years of public speculation only made it worse.
“I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it. I was throwing everything at it,” she told Pergament. “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.”
Aniston didn’t say exactly when or how long she was trying to become a mom. She was married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005 and to Justin Theroux from 2015 to 2017.
In 2016, Aniston wrote an op-ed for The Huffington Post to shut down the media’s fascination with her potential motherhood. “For the record, I am not pregnant,” she wrote. “What I am is fed up.” More than hurt by the pregnancy rumors, Aniston told Allure, she was angered by commentary that she was “selfish.”
The narrative was that “I just cared about my career,” Aniston said. “And God forbid a woman is successful and doesn’t have a child. And the reason my husband left me, why we broke up and ended our marriage, was because I wouldn’t give him a kid. It was absolute lies,” she said.
The Golden Globe winner said she has no regrets, either. “I actually feel a little relief now because there is no more, ‘Can I? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.’ I don’t have to think about that anymore,” she said.
IVF doesn’t guarantee a baby
In vitro fertilization is when an egg and sperm are mixed in a lab before a resulting embryo is frozen or implanted directly in the uterus.
The procedure can be emotionally draining, involving shots of hormones, invasive doctor visits, and often tens of thousands of dollars with no guarantee of a baby.
Aniston told Pergament she first kept her IVF experience private since “there’s so little that I get to keep to myself.” But she was ready to tell the truth to set the record straight. “I feel like I’m coming out of hibernation,” she said. “I don’t have anything to hide.”