Why Olivia Munn Froze Her Eggs and Thinks You Should Too
Here's why the actress is saying "I think every girl should do it."
While egg freezing has been around for a decade, it's only recently become a regular part of the cultural conversation around fertility and motherhood. Case in point: It's made its way into one of the most popular sitcoms currently streaming. On The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling's character starts a program at her fertility clinic called 'Later, Baby' for 20-something girls to freeze their eggs. And now more and more celebs are speaking out about not just the treatment as a whole, but coming forward with why they decided to freeze their own eggs.
The latest to do so is 35-year-old Olivia Munn, who shared on Anna Faris' podcast that she froze "a bunch of her eggs" years ago. (Want the full scoop on this fertility option? Here's Everything You Need to Know About Egg Freezing.)
Munn talks about how a girlfriend of hers found out she had the "egg count of a 50-something-year-old woman," and she was the relativity the same age as Munn at the time. After hearing he friend's story, the actress went to the doctor to get a blood test to find out her own fertility prospects. Even though the doc told her she did have plenty of eggs, she still decided then and there to freeze them as an insurance policy, she explains to Faris. (P.S. Are Egg Freezing Parties the Latest Fertility Trend?)
"I actually started telling my friends about it, cause it's no longer on the experimental list," she said during the podcast. "I think every girl should do it." (She's right, egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, was deemed no longer 'experimental' back in 2012 by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, indicating its status as a standard infertility treatment.)
Munn goes on to explain three (very valid) reasons why: you don't have to race the clock or sacrifice your career; you're covered should anything happen medically (like cancer) that would affect your fertility; it gives women the same flexibility as men to have children, even into their forties. (Who run the world? Yep.)
"It's like having a will; it's just smart planning," Faris agrees. "It's like why not do it?" says Munn.
Well, realistically, not having the funds is one potential factor: The procedure costs about $10,000, plus $500 per year for storage. But if you can swing it (or you know, are an A-list actress in a major franchise movie such as X-Men), go for it! Kudos to Munn for continuing to open up this complex fertility and pregnancy dialogue.