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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. It is a medical procedure. Women undergoing egg freezing generally take injections (ovarian stimulation drugs) for around 2 weeks to mature more eggs before they are collected in a short theatre procedure. Some patients may require more than one cycle of treatment to freeze a good number of eggs for future use.

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. We recommend that you also visit our regulators website the HFEA for more information.

Who is it for?

  • Women who do not want a baby now but believe they will in the future
  • Women with certain medical conditions that require they preserve their fertility before their treatment (e.g. cancer)
  • Those that want greater freedom to choose the best time for them to try to have a baby
  • Biological women choosing to transition to a man and wishing to freeze their eggs beforehand
 

Why freeze my eggs?

There are many medical and non-medical reasons why women choose to freeze their eggs. Some may not have yet found the right partner, others may need or wish to focus on their career first and others may have other caring responsibilities.

For others it may be an urgent medical decision; in the face of a diagnosis such as cancer or being at risk of early menopause. The availability of Egg Freezing is a great step for womens reproductive choice. The law now permits the storage of eggs up to a maximum of 55 years, providing patients renew consent every 10 years. This means that women now have more time to make important decisions about their fertility choices.

The development of egg Vitrification is a ground-breaking development and producing better success rates than the traditional slow cooling method.

Not everyone is ready to try for parenthood at the same time and, for some people, egg freezing allows individuals to attempt to preserve their fertility to try for a baby in the future.

 

The egg freezing process

Egg vitrification is the method we use for fast freezing when collecting your eggs. Women take injections for around two weeks 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 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 scans
Eggs collected
Once egg sacs (follicles) reach appropriate size, eggs collected in theatre
Embryo
Eggs are frozen using Vitfrication. This fast-freezing technology avoids damage from ice crystals
Egg Freezing
 

Egg freezing success rates

The success rates of egg freezing and thawing have increased, particularly following the development of vitrification technology. 

Egg survival rate following vitrification can be high, with over 80% of frozen eggs surviving the thawing process, however, the actual live birth rates depend on the womens age at the time of freezing. In general the younger the age of a women at the time of freezing the higher the success rates tend to be. Please refer to the HFEA website for further details on success rates. 

For women who freeze their eggs under the age of 35 the live birth success rates per embryo transfered can be up to 40%, whereas, for women who freeze their eggs in their late 30's or early 40's, the  success rates could be in single digits. It is important to have an Ultrasound Scan and Initial Consultation with one of our consultants and undergo any necessary tests to best understand your own chances of success before you consider going ahead with treatement.

For further information on egg freezing please visit the HFEA website.

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Egg Freezing costs

Our treatment package includes:

  • Treatment consultation
  • Monitoring scans
  • Egg collection
  • Egg freezing by vitrification
  • Clinical advice

1 Cycle

£3,940 - £3,995*

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*Important information
  • 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 Virtual Consultation.
  • Note: We are aiming to freeze 10 - 12 eggs per cycle and a patient may need more than one cycle to be confident they have an appropriate number of eggs stored.
  • Cycle Price: The cycle price can vary between clinics, to find your nearest clinic pricing click here.
  • Egg Freezing package: Our cycle package includes treatment consultation, monitoring scans, clinical advice, counselling (elective), egg collection, egg freezing, 1 year storage and follow up consultation.
  • Required additions: There are additional costs which cover medication, screening blood tests (HIV, Hep B & C), monitoring blood tests (E2 & LH) and sedation that are not included in the price stated above. The ‘estimated’ total cost of a treatment cycle is £6,125 - £6,210.
  • Pre-treatment costs: In some circumstances patients may require further exploration and fertility tests such as Hysteroscopy (£2,100), HyCosy (£495), Thyroid blood tests (£55) or other Genetic Tests such as Karyotype (£295), Y Deletions (£195) or Cystic Fibrosis (£295). These will be an additional cost, exact costs will be discussed at consultation based on patients’ individual needs. Please download our price guide for more information.

  • Potential future costs: Post the first year, there is an annual storage fee to keep the frozen eggs (£385). If you decide you want to use your frozen eggs you will need ICSI (£1,350) to fertilise the eggs and a Frozen Embryo Transfer (£2,195 - £2,295) which includes egg thawing. The ‘estimated’ total cost for an FET cycle including medication up to 12 weeks is £2,321 - £2,421.
  • Abandoned cycles: In the event that a treatment cycle is abandoned prior to egg collection/embryo transfer for medical reasons, a Cancellation Fee will be incurred of £250 per monitoring scan that has been completed. Medication used will need to be repurchased in order to allow you to commence a new cycle when appropriate.
  • Terms and conditions apply: View terms and conditions.

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