With age being the biggest factor affecting egg quality, egg freezing provides you with the option of freezing your eggs now in order to use them for treatment in the future.
How much does it cost?
*SPECIAL OFFER* Egg freezing cycle for £750*
To qualify for this offer, you have to be under the age of 38 with a suitable hormone profile (an FSH under 12).
- continuous support from the ARGC staff throughout treatment.
- Egg collection procedure and theatre fees.
- Egg freezing and storage fee for a year.
Not included: Initial consultation, stimulation medication and tests.
Contact us for more information.
What does the process involve?
- An initial assessment by one of our clinicians.
- Blood tests on day 2 of your cycle to determine eligibility and treatment protocol.
- Stimulation of the ovaries with medication to encourage the formation of healthy follicles which contain the eggs. This process requires monitoring on an every other day basis with blood tests and scans.
- Egg collection under deep sedation.
- The assessment and freezing of the eggs using vitrification by the laboratory.
What are the success rates?
It is difficult to assess the success rates of patients undergoing treatment with their own frozen eggs as it is a relatively new technique and not enough of the frozen eggs have been used in treatment as of yet to give reliable data. Historically, slow freezing techniques were used to freeze eggs and these did not yield very good survival rates of eggs upon thawing. The more modern technique of vitrification involves rapid cooling of the eggs and it has shown significantly better survival rates. The field of egg freezing has shown a steep rise in recent years and trends show it continuously evolving to yield the best outcomes possible.
The simple answer is, the younger you are, the better your response to medication is, and the more eggs collected, the higher your chance of success.
Who is it for?
Egg freezing is for anyone with their reproductive potential in the future on their minds. So that can be:
- Anyone wishing to preserve their eggs at a more optimal state due to concern of fertility declining with age
- Anyone with a medical condition or about to undergo medical treatment that may affect their ovarian function
How can these eggs be used in the future?
The frozen eggs can be used for IVF treatment in the future, using ICSI as the method of fertilisation after they have been successfully thawed.
The process would involve
- Thawing the eggs.
- Injecting them with the sperm.
- Culturing the resultant embryo(s) in the laboratory.
- Transferring the embryo(s) into the uterus.
The process may involve taking further medications to make the uterine environment optimal for the embryo upon transfer. These medications though are a lot less intense then the stimulation medication.
The eggs can be transported from clinic to clinic or even to another country, as long as regulatory requirements are met.
What are the risks involved?
Overall, IVF is mostly very safe to the patient. The main risk involved here is that the procedure may not be successful. The eggs need to be collected, be at the right stage to be frozen, survive the thaw, get fertilised, grow to suitable embryos and implant. These risks are in-line with conventional IVF with the added risk of the eggs surviving the thaw. Other than that, the main safety concern is the risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) as a result of the stimulation medication. While OHSS has the potential to be serious, at the ARGC we pride ourselves in managing stimulation so carefully that we can detect the symptoms at a very early stage and alleviate them.
Things to keep in mind
- You have complete control over the use of these eggs. At the start of your treatment you sign consent forms which cover this in detail.
- You can consent to keep the eggs in storage for up to 10 years (and in some cases, up to 55 years).
- The entire process may take between 2-3 weeks, and would involve you visiting the clinic every other day for scans and blood tests.