Bridget Marquardt has frozen some of her eggs.

The 37-year-old blonde beauty - who has been dating director Nicholas Carpenter for nearly three years - decided to carry out the procedure a few years ago while she was living at the Playboy Mansion with ex-boyfriend Hugh Hefner to give herself more time to get pregnant.

She said: "I had my eggs harvested a few years ago. I was at the Mansion, and I knew that kids were something I would like to have someday. And it didn't look like there would be kids anytime in my near future. So I did something to ensure I have a little more time."

Bridget - who moved out of the Los Angeles home in 2009 after splitting from Hugh - is prepared to use her frozen eggs and have In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) to give her and Nicholas "an extra chance" at having a baby if they have difficulties conceiving, but she would rather go down the natural route to make a baby.

She added to America's Star magazine: "If we get married and there's still time and we want that, then great. And if that wasn't meant to be, maybe we can look into adoption or something.

"If I decide I want a baby and I'm having problems then I have that extra chance."

Bridget previously starred on reality TV show 'Girls Next Door', which depicted her life with Hugh and his other ex-girlfriends Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson.

She later appeared in spin-off programmes 'Holly's World' and 'Kendra'.