Jennette McCurdy, the 31-year-old actress known for her roles in iCarly and Sam And Cat, has openly spoken about the option of freezing her eggs during a recent episode of her podcast, Hard Feelings. While she currently does not envision herself becoming a mother, McCurdy acknowledges that her feelings may change in the future and hopes to remain open-minded.
Aware of the decline in a woman's egg supply as she ages, McCurdy wants to ensure that if she does decide to have children later in life, she will have sufficient eggs to make it possible. According to John Hopkins Medicine, a woman's egg supply decreases more rapidly around age 37, making freezing eggs before the age of 40 a viable option for increasing the success rate of future pregnancies.
However, during McCurdy's recent visit to learn more about the process, she admitted feeling horrified by the various interventions and procedures involved. The retrieval of eggs requires an ultrasound-guided surgical procedure, preceded by hormone injections and frequent bloodwork and pelvic exams. The mature eggs are then frozen and stored at low temperatures until needed.
Despite feeling uncertain about her current desire to become a mother, McCurdy is trying to weigh the potential regret of not freezing her eggs against the possibility of someday wanting children and being unable to conceive. Having experienced a traumatic childhood, as detailed in her best-selling memoir, McCurdy is navigating the complexities of aging and the uncertainty of her future self.
Jennette McCurdy expressed her gratitude for the support she received for her book, which delves into her troubled relationship with her late mother. Raised Mormon, McCurdy shared the disturbing details of her mother's behavior, including invasive showers and oppression related to her physical development. The experience led to a challenging relationship with her body, resulting in eating disorders.
While McCurdy's childhood trauma may have influenced her current perspective on motherhood, she remains open to the possibility that her feelings may change over time. By considering the option of freezing her eggs, she hopes to preserve the opportunity for motherhood, should she decide to pursue it later in life.