24 April 2023

Everything You Need to Know About Egg Freezing

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Complete Fertility

Egg freezing is becoming a very popular choice for many women. It is a way for women to preserve their fertility, so they may be able to have children at a later date. Complete Fertility believes in patient choice and offers egg freezing for social and medical reasons. We understand that more and more women want to build a career or have personal goals that they wish to achieve before embarking on a family.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at everything you need to know about egg freezing - answering some of the most common questions. Keep reading to learn more about egg freezing and what it involves. If you have any questions - please feel free to contact the team today.

What is Egg Freezing?

Egg freezing is a process used to preserve a woman’s eggs for future use. It is a growing trend in fertility treatments with more and more women turning to egg freezing to ensure that they can have a family when the time is right for them.

Egg freezing is a safe process. The process of egg freezing involves the collection of eggs from a woman’s ovaries, which are then frozen for later use. The freezing process preserves the eggs’ quality, allowing them to be used for fertilization and implantation at a later date. 

The Egg Freezing Process

  1. Pre-treatment screening tests - to determine if egg freezing is a good option for you.
  2. Egg production stimulation - our team of experts will monitor and enhance your ovulation to increase egg production.
  3. Egg collection - a 30-minute procedure under ultrasound guidance.
  4. Egg freezing - using a process called vitrification your eggs are rapidly frozen to -196 °C in liquid nitrogen.
  5. Egg storage - your frozen eggs are stored in one of our secure tanks containing liquid nitrogen until you choose to use them to become pregnant.

Reasons to Freeze your Eggs

There are many reasons to freeze your eggs. First of all, the main reason is to preserve your fertility for the future. Freezing is a popular method for women who want to have options in the future, aren't ready to start their family now or who are facing medical treatments that may affect their fertility.

Secondly, egg freezing can help you increase your chances of having a successful pregnancy later in life. This is particularly true for women who are older and have a lower chance of conceiving naturally. With frozen eggs, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have the potential to conceive in the future.

Egg freezing gives you the power to take control of your fertility and reproductive choices. It gives you the option to decide when and if you want to have children in the future. 

Answering Some Common Questions

  1. Is there an Age Limit? Fundamentally, any woman who has healthy eggs but isn’t ready to have a baby now, is a good candidate for egg freezing. There are no limits on age, but it is recommended for egg freezing to be carried out before the age of 35. Women who are looking to freeze their eggs to preserve fertility should do so before 35 for a better chance of conceiving later in life.
  2. How Long Can Eggs Be Frozen For? How long eggs can be frozen comes under the guidelines of the UK’s regulator of fertility treatment, the HFEA. In the UK, storage is now permitted for a maximum of 55 years but consent must be renewed every 10 years or sooner, depending on what was consented for originally.

Interested in Freezing Eggs in the UK?

If you are considering freezing eggs in the UK, then Complete Fertility is the place to come. We are fertility specialists, and our Fertility Preservation Programme enables women to have the opportunity to conceive a child in the future. This is commonly used if fertility is at risk due to medical illness or if you want to proactively preserve fertility for social reasons.

To discuss your fertility preservation options and learn more about egg freezing, contact the Complete Fertility team today. You can request an appointment by filling out the online form on our website, and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

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