If you are not ready to have a family, or will be having medical treatment which might impact your future fertility, then egg freezing is a way of preserving your fertility. Although a woman’s life expectancy age has increased, a woman’s fertile years have remained the same. Women are tending to have children at a later age but egg quality declines as we get older. Egg freezing helps women preserve their good quality eggs to use at a time that suits them.
At The Surrey Park Clinic, our specialist fertility consultants have a wealth of experience in all aspects of fertility and we ensure every patient receives exceptional care and treatment.
Egg freezing is a way of preserving a woman’s fertility so she can have a biologically-related child in the future. The woman’s eggs are collected, frozen and stored so they can be made available at a time to suit.
There are many reasons why a woman might want to consider egg freezing:
The best age to freeze eggs for a woman is under the age of 35. This is because as women age, the quality and quantity of their eggs decline. It is still possible to freeze a woman’s eggs if they are older than 35 however the success rate of a live birth using frozen eggs is higher for eggs collected from a younger woman.
When you are ready to use your eggs and start a family you will meet with your consultant and agree a treatment plan. A number of your eggs will be thawed and will be fertilised with either your partner’s or donor sperm using the agreed fertility treatment e.g IVF or ICSI. A few days after fertilisation, one or two of the fertilised eggs will be transferred into the woman’s womb. This is a simple procedure which does not require sedation. A pregnancy test can be carried out 14 days after embryo transfer.
Egg Freezing Costs (Oocyte cryopreservation) include:
Success rates are highly dependent on many factors including the quality of the frozen eggs. The younger the eggs, the higher number of live births.
According to the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority), egg freezing is a rapidly changing field. The technology for egg freezing has also improved over the years which means older data is not comparable to current success rates. If you do decide to freeze your eggs, please contact us to find out our success rates for women your age.