Why should you freeze eggs?
– To combat any age-related concerns with regards to age related fertility decline (reducing any worries relating to not being able to give birth naturally if you find the right partner later on & decide to have children).
– To preserve fertility, if you may be subjected to any other treatments which may affect the ovaries and fertility (such as chemotherapy).
– For gender re-assignment surgery
‘Elective’ egg freezing for personal reasons – is one of the most popular reasons we have noticed a steady increase especially with several influencers on social media bringing light to the matter and opening up with their respective audiences on the process.
In such cases, egg freezing enables a woman who does not currently wish to have a baby but may change their mind sometime in the future, to preserve her current rates of fertility. For example, a 33-year-old who freezes her eggs and uses them when she is 38, will in fact be attempting conception with the eggs of a 33-year-old, and will therefore be giving herself a better chance of pregnancy.
Initially you would be seen by a Consultant who would take you through the treatment plan, the first stages would be to do a Fertility check to find out if the eggs are likely to be suitable for freezing.
This includes an Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood test, a pelvic ultrasound scan and a consultation with a fertility specialist. The results of these tests & scans, alongside an analysis of your medical history will allow a fertility specialist to advise you on your current fertility status and to help you make decisions about your bespoke fertility plan which may indeed include egg freezing.
The egg freezing treatment process is initiated very similarly to IVF – a course of injections to stimulate the ovaries in order for several eggs to be collected, followed by the egg collection procedure itself.
The collected eggs are then fast-frozen using a technique called vitrification, which very quickly transforms them to a glass-like state. Anyone considering egg freezing should be aware of the ten year storage limit set by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
If and when you decide to attempt a pregnancy using your frozen eggs in the future, they will be thawed and fertilised in the laboratory, with the resulting embryo placed into the uterus.