When I was exploring various egg-freezing clinics and costs in the UK, I came across the Freeze and Share programme at London Egg Bank and felt as if it aligned closely with my values. In addition, I had seen various friends in their mid-30s struggling to have children, who felt very passionate about it, and given I wasn't looking to have kids yet, I felt if in some way I could help others if I have a healthy number, why not?
I had visited quite a few websites of egg freezing clinics and I felt they provided information on London Egg Bank website in an easy-to-digest and understandable way. In addition, there was a lot of support and information available even in the initial consultation, so I felt in safe hands and I was provided with enough information to make an informed decision and opportunities to clarify any doubts with various professionals.
The process of egg freezing itself was straightforward, clear indications on medications were provided and constant scans were performed to ensure optimum results. Generally, I didn't experience any pain but more bloating and tiredness during the 2 weeks caused by the hormones, which quickly disappeared a few days after the procedure. All in all, I felt it was quite smooth.
As part of the Freeze and Share programme, I donated half of my eggs, knowing they could help someone who desperately wants to be a parent. I believe that every child brought into this world should be entitled to know where they came from if they want to, so I'm all for the policy that allows donor-conceived people to learn about their donor when they turn 18.
If you're considering egg freezing but worried about the cost in the UK, I would advise getting more information about the Freeze and Share programme. It's a great initiative, and if you have a healthy ovarian reserve and the opportunity to give a couple wanting to build a family whilst you are looking out for your future, you should consider it. The London Egg Bank provides opportunities to talk to different professionals to get informed and make your decision.