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The egg freezing process

We take a four-step approach from, an initial discussion at our clinic, to the final egg collection. We’re here for you, every step of the way.

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Fertility health check

Fertility health check

The first step is to arrange a fertility assessment with one of the consultants, which involves a blood test to check your ovarian reserve and a pelvic ultrasound scan. This will help us assess your current fertility health and plan your personalised egg freezing cycle.

Meeting your personal egg freezing coordinator

Meeting your personal egg freezing coordinator

As soon as you’re ready for your treatment to start, you’ll meet with one of our friendly coordinators. They’ll plan your cycle with you, make sure you know how to take your medication, arrange your mandatory screening tests and help you fill in some consent forms.

Preparation for egg collection

Preparation for egg collection

From the start of your egg freezing cycle, you will need to take small injections at home to stimulate your ovaries over two weeks. During this time, you'll come in for several scans and blood tests to monitor your progress and adjust your medication if needed. Around 36 hours before your egg collection procedure you'll be asked to take a 'trigger' injection to mature your eggs.

Egg collection

Egg collection

You’ll be sedated for around 30 minutes while your eggs are collected. Most women find the procedure painless and are completely fine to return to normal life the next day. We would advise that you have someone with you to accompany you home. Your mature eggs will be frozen by our skilled embryologists and stored in liquid nitrogen in our secure facilities.

Egg freezing and storage

Egg freezing and storage

Your mature eggs will be prepared and frozen by our skilled embryologists and stored in liquid nitrogen in our secure facilities. Frozen eggs can be stored for up to ten years. This is the legal time limit for egg storage in the UK.

Frozen semen sample being retrieved from storage
Semen sample being analysed under a microscope

Put your fertility on hold

Egg freezing is a way of preserving your eggs. They will stay the same age as when they were frozen.

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