Jennifer Aniston shares her ‘challenging road’ with IVF and trying to conceive

Jennifer Aniston shared some details from her difficult fertility journey for the first time, but clarified that she was ultimately happy not to have children and was putting her energy into her career instead.

The Friends star revealed in AllureDecember issue that she tried for many years to get pregnant, but “it was a challenging path for me, childbirth.” This challenging road included multiple failed rounds of IVF, all while the press angrily speculated whether or not she was secretly pregnant. Aniston continued, “All the years and years and years of speculation…It was very difficult. I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese tea, you name it. I was throwing everything at it. I would have given anything if someone had said to me, “Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor.’ You just don’t think so. So here I am today. The ship has sailed.

But while her time to have children may have passed, the actor confirmed: “I have no regrets. She added: “I actually feel a little relieved now because it’s no more, ‘Can I?’ Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.’ I don’t have to think about it anymore.” But Aniston noted that while the headlines about her decision to have a baby were hurtful, what was just as painful was “the narrative that I was just being selfish. She said, “I was just care about my career. And God forbid a woman who 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 child. This were complete lies. I have nothing to hide at this point.” Aniston explained: “I was so frustrated. That’s why I wrote this article [for The Huffington Post in 2016, slamming the media for its obsession with her being pregnant and its treatment of women, generally]. I was like, ‘I just have to write this because it’s so crazy and I’m not superhuman to the point where I can’t let it get through and hurt.'”

In the statement, Aniston wrote: “When I’m pregnant, I’m not pregnant. What I am is bored. I’m fed up with the sporting scrutiny and body shaming that happens daily under the guise of ‘journalism’, ‘First Amendment’ and ‘celebrity news.'” She went on to say, “I used to tell myself that Tabloids were like comic books, not to be taken seriously, just a soap opera for people to watch when they need a distraction. But I can’t really tell myself that anymore because the reality is the stalking and objectification that I’ve experienced firsthand, going on for decades now, reflects how we calculate a woman’s worth.”

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