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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.

What is egg freezing?

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.

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What method is used for egg freezing?

At Reproductive Health Group the egg freezing process is broken down into five separate steps:

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.

Part 2: Preparation

Part 3: Egg Collection

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.

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.

What would you like to do?

You can make an appointment with our egg freezing specialist, take a tour of our clinic or request a callback?

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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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