Olivia Munn Reveals She ‘Froze a Bunch of Eggs,’ Thinks ‘Every Girl Should Do It’

04/13/2016 at 05:30 PM ET

Olivia Munn has put her (frozen) eggs in one (cryopreservation) basket, in hopes of becoming a mother one day.

The X-Men: Apocalypse star revealed she “froze a bunch of [her] eggs” when she appeared on Anna Faris‘ podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified Tuesday.

“I turned 35, then you’re high risk. I did, years ago, freeze a bunch of eggs. I went to the doctor and did the whole test and he said, ‘You know, you actually have a lot of eggs. You’re really lucky,'” Munn shared about undergoing the retrieval process.


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The actress, who has been dating NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers since May 2014, explained she went through with freezing her eggs to ensure her chances of parenthood.

“A girlfriend of mine — we’re the same age — she’d gone to the doctor, had a test and she had the egg count of a 50 year old,” she said, adding, “For me, this is the count you’ll have until your 30s, even 40s — you’ll always have a lot.”

Freezing your eggs in order to preserve your fertility has become more and more commonplace among women – and celebrities are no exception as Whitney Cummings, Joanna Krupa and Maria Menounos have all recently opened up about why they chose to freeze their eggs.

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“I actually started telling my friends about it,’ Munn said during the podcast. “It’s no longer on the experimental list and I think that every girl should do it. For one, you don’t have to race the clock any more. You don’t have to worry about it, worry about your job or anything. It’s there.”

Adding, “It’s also just like, why not do it, because I see so many women who go through this. Doomsday is now like whatevers day, because I am prepared.”
— Karen Mizoguchi

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casmia on

Still, freezing is not guaranteed to always work. Sounds like she’s got a good shot, but there still seem to be some lingering questions about long term egg viability/survivability after being in “storage” long term. A lot of eggs don’t make it.

northneshama007 on

I think she is right, it could be a great idea of many women, but it is very cost prohibitive. It’s not cheap to store eggs for years. Not cheap at all.

Ann on

Eggs do not thaw well, and do not last a long time while frozen, maybe a couple of years, that is why most people freeze embryos. The viability rate of the frozen eggs after several years is disappointing and the process to adjust your expectations to reality is heart breaking. Take it from someone who is now in the process to select an egg donor. If you put your entire focus on your job, you will get a great career, and no bio baby. I did.

Guest on

I love Olivia & I’m glad she’s shedding light on the bio-clock many women face at a certain age. Hopefully a large majority, if not the entirety of women wanting to have a baby will. But a career can delay that, so science can lend a helping hand. I know some people disagree with it, and I understand it’s up to the individual. I don’t know enough about egg freezing to back up the science, but I’m all for pursuing success and happiness

marieabate on

Geez, we’re not all movie stars, Olivia Munn. Not everyone can afford 10K plus to freeze our eggs. #Celebritiesaresoooutoftouch

Stl on

Another idiot who assumes every female wants children. Why can’t people just worry about themselves?

Kelz on

It’s so freakin expensive. Sure I would’ve done it when I was younger and the eggs were of better quality. It’s just SO expensive. What 20-30 year olds have $10-15K for this procedure. Add to that, the quality of partners available these days (who you need their “input” in order to conceive) is slim as heck. So some of us are faced with never becoming mommies 😪

Debbe on

It isn’t an option for me. I think we are overpopulated and one child is enough…if I was not able to get pregnant and have a baby, I would have chosen adoption or another path…that is the way I looked at it. I had one and stopped.

YoYoMa on

Thinks every girl should do it? No thanks. I value my freedom and love money way too much to have kids.

Alex on

She sounds like such a ditz in these quotes. And like casmia said, egg freezing will not always work. And egg viability is not the only potential problem. Hopefully Olivia understands that, but if she is as ditzy as she sounds, then she probably does not.

Anonymous on

She is giving advice to other women? She is not an expert!

What??? on

Every woman has the choice to do what is best for them, not what Olivia thinks is best for all women.

kate on

I wish I would have found a way to afford the freezing of mine. I am over 40 now with old eggs and still single, very little or no hope of a biological child. Egg freezing ten years ago was very pricey along with the meds.. anyone that has insurance coverage for this needs to take advantage of it. You never know if you’re going to marry or not, I thought I would and it hasn’t happened. It is not cost-effective for every woman to do this, especially since most insurance companies will not pay for it. Embryo freezing is a little more reliable, so ladies,, buy some donor sperm and get some embryos made too in case you end up doing this alone.

A on

Does People or Ms. Munn for that matter realize that a majority of the planet can’t afford to freeze her eggs? It’s around 15k which is cost prohibitive, the exact audience Ms. Munn is encouraging to focus on their jobs? Brilliant. Most jobs and health plans don’t pay for this. Most of the planet do not live in hollywoodland or date star quarterbacks. Nor does anything she says explain science or fertility. Just another ditzy starlet preaching about a personal experience that is not based on the reality that most woman face on a day to day basis.

Jena on

She is not lecturing people to have kids, people. She is highlighting an option. You can , indeed, do everything…..as a woman. (no, not equating womanhood to motherhood…not interested myself.)

guest on

It’s an option, but it’s too expensive for most women do it!

Bebe57 on

Not only is it expensive and not full proof like everyone has pointed out, but the procedure is also not exactly a walk in the park. Hormones, multiple visits to the doctors and then the retrieval…they don’t just swap your ovaries with a qtip and you’re good to go!

Pam on

She is ridiculous giving advice to women that most women can’t afford for the procedure.

Anonymous on

This might be a silly question, but even if you freeze your eggs and decide to carry the baby later in your life, wouldn’t she still be considered high risk because of her age? Unless she’s planning to get a surrogate. She’s already 35. If she’s planning on being pregnant in her 40’s, good luck with that. It sounds unappealing. Either do it when you’re younger, or just don’t do it at all and adopt. If I was her, I’d do the surrogate option.

Anonymous on

Olivia – do what you want to do, but everyone is different, so to give advice to other women is not smart!

Fitz on

No… every girl shouldn’t freeze their eggs. Live a natural life and if you take out the consequences of that life, you end up living a distorted existence.
Meaning, if having kids is a priority, then you will make decisions towards that end. If it’s not… enjoy that life and the consequences of that decision.

Kristen on

I’m sure she means well but I hate when people assume what all women want. Im sure she was referring to women that want kids but still. I get a lot of flack for having one child and it’s freaking annoying. I’m not having more. I always wanted one and this is how I want it to be. Nobody believes it. Some women don’t want kids. Almost nobody I know can afford freezing eggs so these celebrity endorsements end up just making those women feel worse.

Marla on

Yeah he has this option, not everyone else can do it like her.

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