Bridget Marquardt: Why I Froze My Eggs

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Bridget Marquardt is keeping her options open.

The former Playboy model and star of The Girls Next Door, 37, took matters into her own hands when she decided to get her eggs frozen three years ago.

"When I was 34 I went and had my eggs harvested," she told Us Weekly at the Josie Stevens Loves J. Valentine Fashion Show in Hollywood Wednesday. "Looking back I was like, 'It was easy,' but it wasn't that easy. It's a lot of medication, a lot of hormones. You have to inject yourself in the stomach and I'm so terrified of needles! It was a difficult thing for me to do."

The buxom blonde says she made the decision to get her eggs frozen while still living in the Playboy Mansion with her then-lover Hugh Hefner.

"Holly [Madison] and Hef were obviously the main relationship. We weren't allowed to date or anything like that," she explained. "I wanted to have a little bit of insurance policy and a little extra time."

Marquardt, who's been dating director Nicholas Carpenter since 2008, says she has no regrets about the fertility procedure.

"I think that it was 100% worth it," she told Us. "I don't feel that clock ticking. I'm not really worried about it. At the same time I would like to have kids someday, but I'm not one of those people who's dying to have kids. If it doesn't happen or if I decide to adopt later, that's fine, too."

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