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What is egg freezing?

Egg freezing is a method of fertility preservation, which allows women to freeze eggs for later use. Women undergoing egg freezing generally take medication for a number of days to increase the growth of the eggs before they are collected in a short theatre procedure.

If you are considering freezing your eggs it is important that you make an informed choice after discussing efficacy, safety and the costs. If you have any further questions about egg freezing after reading through this information please contact our team who will be happy to help.

Who is it for?

  • Those with a normal egg reserve
  • Those that are having treatment due to a male factor
  • Patients with PCO/PCOS
  • Those that want to take a lower amount of drugs
  • Those that want to reduce the physical and psychological burden associated with conventional IVF

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Why freeze my eggs?

There are many reasons why women choose to freeze their eggs. Some choose to freeze their eggs for social reasons, if they have not found the right partner for example, or if the time is not right to have a child.

For others it may be a medical decision, in the face of a diagnosis such as cancer or being at risk of early menopause. Freezing eggs can be a very reassuring and empowering step, and it allows women to take control of their own fertility.

The development of egg Vitrification is a ground-breaking development in its ability to empower women and provide them with the freedom to choose when they have their children, and for these reasons I believe it to be a key milestone on the road to gender equality.

 

The egg freezing process

Egg vitrification is the method we use for fast freezing when collecting your eggs. Women take medication for a few days to mature the eggs before they are collected in a short theatre procedure. To achieve the best results in terms of quality and quantity of eggs, it is usually recommended that you freeze eggs before you reach the age of 35. If you are considering freezing your eggs it's important you make an informed decision after discussing the safety, efficacy and cost of egg freezing. We also offer counselling to all women should you need any extra support.

Egg
Hormonal stimulation taken to mature appropriate number of eggs in ovaries
Blood test
3-4 clinic visits for blood tests and medication
Eggs collected
Once egg sacs (follicles) reach appropriate size, eggs collected in theatre
Embryo
Eggs frozen using Vitfrication fast-freezing technology, which ensures cells retain structural integrity
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Egg freezing success rates

The success rates of egg freezing have increased, particularly following the development of Vitrification technology. Our Scientific Director, Prof RC Chian is a renowned pioneer and expert in this technology and has trained many of our embryologists in this new technique.

The egg vitrification survival rate can be very high, over 80% of frozen eggs can now survive thawing. This high survival rate can help increase the success of having babies from thawed eggs in the future.

Egg freezing costs from £2,850*

Our egg freezing package includes:
- Treatment consultation
- Monitoring scans
- Egg collection
- Egg freezing by vitrification
- Clinical advice

The cost of Egg Freezing will depend on your individual circumstances and your personalised treatment plan will be explained to you in more detail at your Initial Consultation, if you wish to find out more please download our price guide or give us a call.

Required additions: There are costs of up to £1,600 which cover medication, blood tests, HFEA fee, sedation and 1 year of storage fees that are not included in the price stated above. The ‘average’ total cost of a treatment cycle is £4,450 (cost of the Cycle + the additional £1,600). A complete price breakdown is given following the Initial Consultation & Scan.

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