Angela Rye opens up about the decision to freeze her eggs

The political analyst shares struggles with fertility on "The Real."

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Angela Rye is the latest high-profile woman to open up about the emotional and personal journey of fertility.

Rye was on The Real to talk about her BET News Special that followed the State of the Union, but while she was there, she also talked about the decision to freeze her eggs, which she made the day before the Women’s March.

Rye told the ladies that she had decided to look into the process because she was getting older.

““I’m 38, I’m old, just don’t let the silky hair fool you. So, 38, it was just time. It was a process I looked into when I was 35 and I got scared because my egg reserve number was low,” she said.

She went on to describe how she looked into the process and ultimately decided to go forward: “And so they were telling me that I’d have to go through multiple cycles which was expensive and I just got scared. And so now I’m like, ‘Uhhh… what do I have to lose?’ You know. So I really wanted to go and do that.”

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A hard, emotional journey

Rye said that it was a hard process. Not only was it an emotional procedure but it was terrifying for someone as afraid of needles as she was.

“I recorded a lot of the footage, and I’m hoping that I’ll use it to inspire women because it was scary – I hate needles, so I had somebody come do the shots —  I was like, ‘Somebody’s going to have to come do this for me!’” Rye explained.

She added, “But it was a really emotional experience, I didn’t cry a lot, but I felt so connected with my body, trying to create an environment where there weren’t going to be stressed out eggs. Somebody that’s like a big sister to me was like, ‘Don’t have stressed out eggs!’”

As for whether this means she’ll be a mother soon, Rye admitted that she didn’t think she was there…yet.

“You know, Loni, as I get older, I’m a little more nervous about that! I have six godkids…But I definitely want the option, I don’t want to foreclose on an option,” she said.