Egg freezing is a relatively straightforward process that opens up options for women in many different situations, giving them a chance to have a baby in the future.
Egg freezing gives some women a sense that they have done all they can to give themselves the best chance to have a child when they are ready. It’s a form of fertility treatment that preserves the prospect of fertility for women who are not in a position to have a child currently or whose fertility may be at risk from medical treatment such as chemotherapy for cancer.
The process of egg freezing uses hormone stimulation to encourage a greater number of eggs to grow and mature than would happen in a natural cycle. These eggs are then collected in a short 10-20 minute day surgery procedure before they are vitrified in the lab.
Dr Alison Gee will guide you through the process which generally starts with a consultation and then stimulation of your ovaries via hormone injections. The injections are straightforward, and you will be monitored during the entire process. The stimulation process normally takes approximately 10-12 days and you can continue to go to work and go about normal life.
Chance of success
As egg freezing is a relatively new procedure, it is too early to give precise figures on a woman’s chance for pregnancy after freezing, thawing and fertilising the eggs. The chance for pregnancy is determined by many factors, particularly a woman’s age at the time of egg freezing. Alison will be happy to discuss the procedure and possible outcomes with you.