Open Close

What is Egg Freezing?

Egg freezing is a revolutionary technology that allows mature eggs to be frozen and stored for later use. Initially developed as a means to ‘preserve’ the fertility of women undergoing medical procedures, such as cancer treatment, it is now increasingly used by women wishing to protect their fertility for a variety of ‘social’ reasons. Since we know that a woman’s fertility – including her ovarian reserve and egg quality – declines with age, egg freezing offers one option to those wishing to conceive later. Freezing your eggs keeps your future options open.

While sperm cells have been frozen, thawed and successfully used in fertility treatment for over five decades, the freezing of egg cells has a much shorter history. As the largest cell in the human body, with high water content, egg cells are difficult to manipulate; therefore, the older techniques of egg freezing – so called ‘slow freezing – although used since the 1980s, yielded low success rates. So it was only with the recent development of a new rapid freezing technique - called ‘oocyte vitrification’ (literally meaning ‘converting eggs to glass’) - that the possibility of freezing, storing and thawing viable eggs became a large-scale possibility.  

The first baby conceived using a ‘vitrified’ egg was born in 2010. In 2012, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), one of the world’s leading fertility organisations, lifted the ‘experimental’ label from egg freezing, citing studies that showed good thawing, fertilization, implantation, and live birth rates from vitrified eggs. This was followed in 2014 with Apple and Facebook’s announcements that they would cover egg freezing for their employees, catapulting discussions around egg freezing into the popular media.  

Our egg freezing programme.

Our aim is to create a specialised egg freezing program to fit every woman’s needs. Using the latest breakthrough technology to ensure the highest success rates of cryopreservation, our lab-powered program is making egg freezing more viable for women everywhere. In 2018 our egg survival rate was 96%; when it comes to egg vitrification, the proof is in our results. Most clinics can’t say they have babies born from eggs frozen in their laboratories – We have proven results with healthy babies born from eggs frozen in our lab. Our 30-year history has helped turn thousands of patients into parents. The entire LEB team is truly passionate about helping you achieve your future fertility dreams… when time is right for you.

We are associated with the London Women’s Clinic‘s world class IVF Laboratory on Harley street. The laboratory brings the most advanced technologies in IVF, genetic testing (PGD/PGS) and cryopreservation. To date, our lab has frozen more than 20,000 eggs. We work with the most experienced embryologists and doctors to bring the best clinical care to you. Working with top fertility experts, we’ve built our reputation on high success rates, medical excellence and trust.

The London Egg Bank offers customised support from your own personal egg freezing coordinator. The coordinator will assist you through the process, arrange your appointments and be your contact for any queries you may have.
When we say we’re your partner in this journey, we mean it. For example, if you don’t have someone to accompany you on your retrieval day, our LEB team will make the proper arrangements to ensure you’re taken care of before, during and after your procedure. You have a busy lifestyle and it’s hard to fit appointments into your schedule. We offer flexibility with our appointment times; early mornings, evenings or weekends. With us you’ll receive exceptional care, specifically customised to your needs.

If you would like to know more about this empowering process, join our egg freezing seminar:

Egg freezing information sheet PDF
Download our information sheet about egg freezing

Apply Now

Join the conversation