January Jones opens up about freezing her eggs: 'I already had my son and I just wanted to alleviate any pressure on myself'

January Jones is reflecting on her personal decision to freeze her eggs.

In the latest episode of the podcast Race to 35, an extension of Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert, Jones, 44, got honest about her choice to freeze her eggs after having her son Xander, 11.

"I already had my son and I just wanted to alleviate any pressure on myself," she explained. "As women, we have these stories in our mind of our 'plan' for life and marriage and family and kids, whatever that looks like. And I had an idea, but nothing ever goes to plan. So I just thought, to get rid of that weight, I wanted to do it."

Her decision "did alleviate a ton of stress." However, the procedure was just as much financial as it was emotional.

"I didn't have anyone and I didn't know anyone who'd done it," she explained. "My doctors were not helpful. Those doctors give you so much information. They're like, 'Watch this YouTube [video] and here's a bunch of vials,' like I'm a freaking chemist and I know what to do. And you just feel really vulnerable and lost before you start. It's complicated."

Jones said not only is it "a big decision" to freeze your eggs, "it's an expensive decision."

At one point, she said the doctor told her there was a "15% chance" the eggs would survive, which made her wonder if the whole thing was even worth it.

"I was like why am I paying for this if it's not even gonna work? But I still went through with it," she said, noting that the eggs are still frozen to this day. "I still keep them, and I still don't know if I'll ever use them."

At one point, the actress says her son walked in on her giving herself hormone shots. During an egg freezing cycle, women are prescribed hormone injections for 8-11 days leading up to the extraction of the eggs. The injections are meant to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs in one cycle (as opposed to the single egg produced in a typical menstrual cycle).

"On my maybe third or fourth day, my son walked in when I was doing the shots and was like, 'What are you doing?'" she said. "He was worried, and I didn't want him to think I was sick, so I sort of tried to explain it to a small kid.

"Afterwards, when I was in bed recouping, it wasn’t that bad, but I was resting and he asked, 'How many eggs did [you] get?' And I told him and he goes, 'So I'm gonna have that many brothers and sisters?' He was so psyched. I was like, 'No, not necessarily. I don't know.' Then I was screwed," she continued.

As a single mother, Jones admits that while she "can't even imagine going back to having baby and a toddler," knowing that she has the option — should she ever meet a partner who wants to have a child — makes her more confident about the future.

"What if I meet someone and he hasn't had any children and he wants to, and I'm like, 'Well I'm old as f***' and I can't have them?" she said. "But, I could use the eggs or use a surrogate. I just like having the options. I like having backup plans. That's a little OCD of me."

She also shared that making the decision to freeze her eggs also "alleviated the pressure to date."

Jones also advises women considering going through the process to have an emotional support system.

"Having emotional support is important, to go through it with you or just to be someone to vent to, really," she explained. "I mean that's the thing I really miss in my life, not having partner. I mean, I don't miss having to make joint decisions with someone, but I do wish that there's someone at the end of the day to bitch to about anything and everything."

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