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Egg Freezing

We want to ensure every woman has the opportunity to start a family at whatever point in her life that she feels most comfortable and prepared at.

Egg freezing allows women to save their eggs for when they are ready to start a family, making the most of their fertility when it is at its peak.

How long can my eggs be stored for?

Eggs can be frozen for 10 years, but if you’re ready to start your journey to motherhood earlier, they can be ready when you are.

There are also circumstances whereby we keep your eggs frozen for a longer period of time.

What happens when I want to use my eggs?

Once you decide you’re in the right place to start your journey to motherhood, we put together a treatment plan unique to you.

Within our onsite embryology lab, we will thaw out your eggs ready for fertilisation. With the sperm of either your partner or a donor, those eggs are then fertilised to create embryos.

Those fertilised embryos are then transferred to your uterus. Once in your uterus one will hopefully implant and then you’ll be advised on when to take a test.

The steps of a egg freezing procedure

Initial Appointment

The first step in your egg freezing journey is meeting with one of our consultants at your initial consultation. Your dedicated consultant will discuss medical history and perform any tests that may be needed before moving onto the next step.

Preparation

Following on from your first consultation tests, and before any eggs can be taken, your ovaries must be stimulated. Fertility drugs will be provided to you to help maximise the number of eggs produced during your next cycle. This gives us the best chance of collecting a large number of healthy eggs.

Monitoring

We monitor your progress during step two through ultrasounds and sometimes blood tests. These tests establish the best time for egg collection and can last up to one week, however, can sometimes vary.

Collection

The collection procedure can take around 20 minutes to complete and is performed whilst you are sedated.

To collect the eggs a scan probe is inserted through the vagina and fluid from each follicle is then extracted for examination. This determines whether there is a healthy egg inside.

If there is a healthy egg present, we’ll then check to see whether the egg matured or not, as matured eggs are ready to receive a sperm cell and perfect for freezing.

Freezing the eggs

Once the matured eggs are collected they will then be cryopreserved using a fast freeze method (vitrification) which ensures a higher success rate. These eggs remain frozen until you’re ready to take the next steps towards motherhood.

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FAQS

Ideally women should freeze their eggs before the age of 36 to give themselves the best chance of a successful live birth in the future.

It is recommended that women should freeze their eggs before the age of 36 in order to have a greater chance of a future live birth. After this age both the quantity and quality of eggs produced is likely to be lower, however ovarian reserve testing would have to be undertaken first to determine whether egg freezing would be recommended.

The process begins with an initial consultation to discuss your medical history and any investigations or screening that may need to be undertaken. Following on from this your ovaries will be prepared by the use of medication which stimulate the ovaries to produce as many eggs as possible in the next cycle. Progress of the stimulation will be monitored by ultrasound scans and sometimes blood tests to establish the optimum time for egg collection. At egg collection the mature eggs that are retrieved will be frozen using a technique called vitrification and put into storage. Learn more about egg freezing.

£3450 excluding consultations, screening bloods, medications and storage.

Currently the standard storage period is for up to 10 years. It may be possible in certain circumstances to store eggs for longer, for example in cases where a woman may become prematurely infertile due to medical treatment such as chemotherapy.

The age of the patient at the time that her eggs are frozen is a vital factor when looking at success rates for egg freezing. The best chances of a successful outcome are for those patients who freeze their eggs before the age of 35 (as they are likely to produce both a higher number and a higher quality of eggs), who have a good ovarian reserve and are in good general health. Only eggs which are mature at the point of egg collection will be frozen.

About 80% of eggs survive the thawing process and are suitable for fertilisation by ICSI, and about 60-65% of the injected eggs fertilise successfully.

The procedure to harvest the eggs before freezing is performed via transvaginal ultrasound guidance and under sedation in theatre. Usually the recovery period post-procedure is about 2 hours and pain-killers can be taken if necessary. Regular activities are resumed within 16-24 hours in the majority of cases.

No, undergoing egg freezing does not affect your chances of conceiving naturally in the future.

It is vital that preparation starts with an initial consultation with your fertility specialist; your medical and reproductive history will be discussed and your consultant may recommend some investigations or tests first before proceeding any further. These will usually be a blood test (anti-Mullerian hormone – AMH) to look at your ovarian reserve and possibly an ultrasound scan too which will be to check the antral follicle count (AFC). You will also need some viral screening tests and will then be asked to sign the relevant consent forms.

Once you are ready to go ahead, your ovaries will need to be stimulated. This will be done by taking fertility drugs to help maximise the number of eggs produced during your next cycle. One of our nursing team will invite you for a medications teach session before you start the drugs so that you can be confident about administering these to yourself during your stimulation phase.

As with a conventional IVF cycle, you will need to attend an initial consultation, have any screening tests or investigations required, sign consent forms, have a medications teach and monitoring scans, and finally egg collection. However where appropriate it is possible to undergo several of these steps by remote consultation in order to minimise the number of actual visits to the clinic.

Yes, if you don’t use your eggs you can choose to donate them either to someone else to use or for research purposes.

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