US Olympian Lolo Jones has revealed in an emotional social media video that she is having fertility treatment to freeze her eggs
The 40-year-old hurdler said that she had started the egg retrieval process to have the children she so desired before it was too late. She also said she hoped to raise awareness and encourage other women to look at their fertility in their 20s and 30s.
Lolo, who has appeared on several reality television programmes, including Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Big Brother, and the Challenge, was tearful in her post and showed herself injecting the hormones that she said she had to do for 11 days in a row.
She will also meet regularly with her fertility doctor to assess how her body and ovaries are reacting to the treatment.
She told her 530,000 Instagram followers: “Terrified. 15 days before I turned 40. Nothing has scared me more than feeling like I’m running out of time to have a family.
“I originally wanted to freeze my eggs in my early 30s. I just kept thinking I would meet my husband and things would all work out.
“Well, here I am almost 10 years later and it hasn’t. With my anxiety increasing daily to know if I could even have kids, I worked @frame_fertility who set me up with @neil.chappell.ivfmd and @fertilityanswers.
“The team was incredible. They first checked my AMH levels which showed I had a great egg reserve for my age! 3.2!! Praise God SHE’s FERTILE so now that I looked eligible to start the egg freezing process my journey began.
“I want to encourage women to check into this earlier. Not every woman is the same. You can be 35 years old and have the egg count of someone who is 25 or you can be 25 years old and already losing your eggs at a high rate.
“More updates to come on the outcome… @ovationfertility
“If you know you want to start a family but can’t do it now maybe for career reasons or you don’t have a husband look into freezing your eggs.”
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