The first step in your egg freezing journey is to schedule an initial consultation. During the consultation, your doctor will give you individualised information based on your medical history, an assessment of your ovarian reserve and your family-building goals, that will help you decide whether freezing eggs is right for you.
Ovarian stimulation is carried out in the same way as IVF. Fertility drugs are used to stimulate your ovaries, this maximises the number of eggs you will produce in your cycle for us to collect and store for you.
During the stimulation phase of your treatment, we monitor your progress closely to establish exactly when is the best time for your eggs to be collected. The monitoring phase will last several days, the exact number of days will vary for each person and will depend on how many follicles containing eggs are available and how fast they grow. A typical monitoring phase is 3-7 days.
This is a straightforward procedure, taking less than 30 minutes, which is performed with sedation or local anaesthetic and pain relief. To collect the eggs, we pass a scan probe into the vagina and use ultrasound to guide a needle into one of the ovaries. We then aspirate eggs from the available ovarian follicles. It’s normal to feel a few twinges during collection, but it isn’t painful. After collection, we recommend you have a short rest before going home.
We then carefully prepare your eggs for freezing by placing them into a special preservation medium. Those suitable will be frozen for possible future use.
We will explain each stage of the process carefully and will let you know how many eggs are being frozen when we’re done.