Olympic hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones revealed she’s starting her IVF journey as she fears that time is running out for her to have a family.
The Team USA athlete has been open and candid about her quest for a family, and she’s bringing her goal to fruition as she kickstarts the egg retrieval process.
The 39-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a tearful video with fans, revealing her dream of having a family of her own.
“Terrified. 15 days before I turned 40,” Jones captioned her Instagram post. “Nothing has scared me more than feeling like I’m running out of time to have a family.
Jones said she initially wanted to freeze her eggs when she was in her early 30’s. “I just kept thinking I will meet my husband and things will all work out,” she explained, adding, “Well here I am almost 10 years later and it hasn’t.”
Wiping away tears, Jones encouraged women to start their research into freezing their eggs earlier than she did.
“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,” she said.
“If you know you want to start a family but just can’t do it now maybe for career reasons or you don’t have a husband look into freezing your eggs,” she added.
In May, Jones revealed the “constant” abuse she faces online from men who tease her about her decision to abstain from sex until marriage. Jones also revealed she recently cut ties with a man she had recently been “talking to for eight months.”
“My heart just couldn’t take it anymore,” Jones wrote in her post. “He gave me so many mixed signals. He would talk about marriage and kids but then keep me in the friend zone. He would never make time to see me. My heart is so heavy.”
Jones went on to say that she’s “so exhausted” by her dating life and has “prayed for years with many tears for God please to allow me to find my husband.”
“I even prayed if God didn’t want me to be married to remove the desire from my heart. But as the years grow I want to be married more and desire badly to have a family of my own. And I just keep getting my heart broke,” Jones wrote.
“I get teased all the time because I won’t have premarital sex.”