Egg Freezing/Fertility Preservation
Egg freezing is a treatment that allows women the option to achieve pregnancy later in life. When eggs are frozen, time is also frozen for them. The chances that these eggs will give you to achieve pregnancy will depend on the number of eggs frozen and the age they were frozen in. Our fertility consultants will give you a realistic and thorough explanation about egg freezing.
This is the reason why IVF success rates drop with age too. Egg freezing is nothing more than an interrupted IVF cycle. We stimulate the ovaries and we do an egg collection, but instead of fertilising the eggs and transferring the embryos to achieve a pregnancy, we freeze those eggs. The reasoning behind egg freezing is to give women a chance of an IVF cycle with her own eggs but of a younger age than when she decides to have children.
As with IVF, egg freezing is not a guarantee of pregnancy, it just gives better chances of pregnancy at a later stage in life.
- For social reasons: egg freezing empowers women to engage in their fertility when they are ready
- Fertility preservation in patients that will undergo chemotherapy due to cancer
- Females transitioning into male but would like to preserve their fertility for the future
At your first appointment you will meet with one of our doctors who will describe in detail the egg freezing procedure; what to expect throughout the process; success rates for your own particular case and the expected outcome.
The next step in the process is to prepare you for your treatment. You will be encouraged to book in for tests at particular stages of your cycle if they are cycle dependent. These tests generally include a transvaginal ultrasound scan and some hormone blood tests.
During this appointment you will be contacted by one of our nursing team via a phonecall or a zoom meeting who will go through the expected process with you.
You will likely undergo three to four scans over the course of your treatment prior to the actual egg retrieval procedure. The scan appointments last around 15 minutes and you will be able to go about your day as normal afterwards. You may be asked to increase or decrease your medications and you will be advised of the next steps.
The egg collection is usually carried out under conscious sedation in our clinic. Most people are ready to leave approximately one hour afterwards and we ask that you make sure someone is available to accompany you. In most cases you will be fit to return to work the following day.
You will receive a message from our laboratory confirming the outcome of the procedure and how many eggs that we have in storage for you. Our administration team will also arrange a review consultation with your Doctor to discuss your outcome of your cycle.