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Egg Freezing

At Reproductive Health Group, we want to ensure that every woman has the opportunity to achieve pregnancy, at a point in her life where she feels comfortable and ready to do so. That is why we offer the option of egg freezing as a method of fertility preservation.

By freezing eggs, a woman can make the most of her fertility when it is at its peak, and save it until she wishes to make the decision to start a family.

Women who are not ready to start a family but are aging, may wish to preserve their fertility to make conceiving in later life a quicker and easier process.

We can also help women who are undergoing medical treatment that might unfortunately affect their ability to conceive once their treatment is over. Preserving your fertility by freezing eggs before treatment, such as chemotherapy, will mean that they are there and available for you to use when you are ready.

Talk to us about egg freezing

If you would like to find out more about egg freezing or feel that preserving your fertility by freezing eggs is the right move for you, then feel free to contact us today. You can request an online appointment or call us on 01925 202180, we are always happy to help.

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If you have a question about any of our services, please call us on 01925 202180 or contact us below.

The steps of an egg freezing procedure

Initial Appointment


During your first appointment you will meet one of our experts and discuss any medical history that may be relevant. Along with this, the doctor will perform any tests that you may need to take before the process can begin.

Preparation

Before the eggs can be harvested and egg freezing can take place, the ovaries need to be stimulated using daily fertility drugs. This helps them to produce more than one follicle during this stimulated cycle, which is important as the egg itself grows inside the follicle.

Once this is done, ultrasound monitoring is used to keep track of how many follicles are developing. Blood tests may also be taken at this point to check hormone levels.

Egg collection

When three or more follicles measuring more than 17mm in diameter have been produced, a hormone trigger injection which will ripen and mature the eggs is given.

About 36 hours after this injection, the patient can then be sedated so that the egg collection can take place. This procedure takes around 20 minutes and will involve removing the fluid from each follicle and examining it under a microscope to check if there is an egg inside.

If there are eggs present, these are then checked to see if they have matured or not. This is because not all eggs collected will be mature. However, any mature eggs are ready to receive a sperm cell.

Freezing eggs

Any mature eggs that are collected in the previous step can then be cryopreserved using the fast freeze known as vitrification method.

When you are ready to use your frozen eggs you will need to undergo an intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment. The eggs will be thawed at a corresponding time; however, it is possible that not every egg will survive the thawing treatment. The eggs that do survive will then be injected with sperm to fertilise them.

If you would like to find out more about egg freezing, our facilities or other treatments, you can organise a free one to one visit here. Alternatively, you can call us on 01925 202180, and we will be more than happy to assist you with any other advice.

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