There are lots of reasons why you might want to preserve your fertility. Most commonly, you’ll be thinking of freezing your eggs because:
Ultimately, egg freezing is a good option if you think you might want to start or grow your family in the future and would like to preserve your fertility. If you’re unsure whether freezing your eggs is for you, we’d be happy to help; talk to your local clinic or contact us.
We’re licensed by the HFEA to freeze and store eggs. First, however, we need to collect them, and this straightforward procedure takes about 30 minutes. Usually under mild sedation or local anaesthetic, we’ll collect your eggs from the ovaries using a needle guided by an ultrasound probe.
We then put your eggs into a special culture medium before assessing them, and those suitable will be frozen for possible future use. If you choose to have your eggs frozen, we’ll explain each stage of the process carefully and will let you know how many eggs are being frozen when we’re done.
Hundreds of babies have been born worldwide using frozen and thawed mature eggs, and we're one of the first clinics in the UK to have introduced a super-cooling technique for egg freezing called vitrification, which substantially improves egg survival rates.
Over 85% of eggs undergoing the vitrification technique survive the freeze-thaw process, and many of these can be used in treatment. For more information about egg freezing, get in touch with your local clinic.