Egg freezing is a method of preserving a woman’s fertility so she can try and have children at a later date.
What is egg freezing?
Egg freezing is one way of preserving a woman’s fertility so she can try to have a family in the future. It involves collecting a woman’s eggs, freezing them and then thawing them later on so they can be used in fertility treatment.
Some women freeze their eggs because they have a medical condition or are undergoing treatment that affects their fertility. It can also be used by women who aren’t ready or able to have children and want the chance of conceiving in the future.
A woman’s chances of conceiving naturally fall as she gets older because the quality and number of her eggs drops. Egg freezing is an attempt at preserving fertility by freezing the eggs when the woman is young and the eggs are of the highest quality.
Egg freezing using vitrification (also called Oocyte Vitrification) is offered to women who are at risk of compromising fertility often because of advancing maternal age, a family history of premature ovarian failure or before the start of some cancer treatments. Egg vitrification can be used by women who want to delay having their family for social reasons or because they don’t currently have partner and are concerned about decreasing fertility with increasing age.
We use the very latest vitrification technique for cryopreservation of oocytes, a process which uses a much faster cooling rate to ensure optimal egg survival. The oocytes are stored for later use in a secure monitored liquid nitrogen tank. Oocytes can be kept cryopreserved for 10 years in the first instance and up to 55 years in total in certain circumstances.
GENNET City Fertility offers Patient Information Evenings on the topic of egg freezing for social reasons.