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Egg Freezing

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At The Fertility Home, we understand that deciding to freeze your eggs is empowering as it gives you the flexibility of time. We’re therefore dedicated to supporting you in building your family when the time is right for you. 

The motivations for choosing egg preservation vary greatly. For some, it’s a matter of personal timing – they may wish to delay starting a family until they’re ready, while others face more complex circumstances such as medical treatments or fertility challenges.

Additionally, egg freezing is valued by transgender patients seeking to preserve their genetic material before undergoing gender-reassignment surgery.

While egg freezing offers opportunities for future fertility, it’s important to note that individual outcomes may vary.

Embarking on Egg Freezing: Your Steps to Success

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Consultation

Your adventure towards parenthood begins with a detailed consultation. This 60-minute session allows you to discuss your medical history and wishes with one of our experienced fertility consultants. During this time, you’ll also gain insights into the various treatment options available and have any questions answered.

 

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Blood tests and investigations

To ensure egg freezing is suitable for you, certain blood tests and investigations may be necessary. These often include an Ovarian Reserve Test, which evaluates your follicular count and hormone profile before commencing ovarian stimulation. Depending on your circumstances, additional tests may be recommended by our doctors to explore other avenues or assess genetic health.

3

Follow-up consultation

Once your test results are available, you’ll meet with your consultant a second time for a follow-up discussion. Together, you’ll review the findings and establish a treatment plan tailored to your needs and preferences.

4

Agreeing on your treatment plan

Before proceeding with any medication or treatment, it’s essential to agree upon the treatment plan and estimated costs for egg freezing. Our team is on hand to provide you with detailed information and support throughout this process.

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Nurse consultation

Your fertility nurse will then guide you through each step of the egg freezing process, explaining the treatment protocols, giving you detailed instructions on medication and addressing any queries or concerns you may have.

6

Stimulation

Most patients will undergo a course of medication and monitoring to optimise results. Regular scans and blood tests will ensure your body is responding appropriately, with medication adjustments made as necessary to maximise success.

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How to prepare for Egg Freezing

Preparing for egg freezing involves following a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Your consultant will prescribe medication to prepare your body for the process, and our nurses will offer guidance on lifestyle adjustments to enhance your chances of success.

Is there anything I should avoid prior to Egg Freezing?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and reducing stress are important considerations before undergoing egg freezing. Minimising stress and limiting alcohol intake can help prepare your body for the procedure. 

How long does the Egg Freezing journey take?

At The Fertility Home, an egg freezing cycle typically spans around four weeks, although this duration varies for each individual and is often influenced by menstrual cycles. Some women may opt for multiple cycles to attain the desired number of eggs.

 

Who can benefit from Egg Freezing?

There are a variety of reasons to pursue egg freezing, but one of the most common is to preserve the fertility. Whether it be for professional, social, economic, or other reasons, egg freezing allows women to preserve their own eggs when they are young and healthy to help them achieve pregnancy later.

Young transgender individuals may consider egg freezing before undergoing hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery to preserve their fertility. Transitioning can lead to premature infertility, and freezing eggs allows them the possibility of having biological children in the future.

 

Onco-fertility, a field developed for cancer patients facing fertility issues due to treatment, encourages egg freezing before therapy to improve chances of future pregnancy.

 

While egg freezing is suitable for most patients, it may not be suitable for everyone. Female fertility typically declines with age; therefore the suitability of egg freezing varies for each individual. Your consultant will assess your unique circumstances and guide you on whether egg freezing is a viable option for you.

Understanding the safety of Egg Freezing

Egg freezing is generally considered a safe treatment, although, like any medical procedure, there are associated risks. For comprehensive information about potential risks, you can refer to the HFEA website. During your consultation, we will discuss these risks in detail to ensure you make an informed decision.

The cost of egg freezing varies based on individual requirements, particularly medication needs. For an overview of costs, you can visit our Pricing page for more information.

After freezing eggs

The frozen eggs are stored in specialised cryopreservation vessels until you are ready to use them. They can be kept in storage for up to 55 years, provided that you complete the HFEA consent forms every ten years.

 

When you decide that you are ready to use your frozen eggs, they will be thawed and then fertilised with partner or donated sperm.

Arranging an Initial Egg Freezing Consultation ​

Your initial consultation is just the beginning of your egg freezing journey with us. Our team is skilled in understanding your medical and fertility history, as well as your egg freezing goals. We’re here to answer all your questions and guide you through every step.