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Egg freezing

Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation is a procedure in which a patient’s eggs are harvested from their ovaries, frozen and stored for future use.

What is egg freezing?

Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation is a procedure in which a patient’s eggs are harvested from their ovaries, frozen and stored for future use.

How does egg freezing work?

Within an egg freezing cycle, the patient will take some drugs to stimulate their ovaries to produce more eggs. These are then collected under conscious sedation for patient comfort. The eggs will then be observed under the microscope to assess their maturity, as only mature eggs can be frozen. The mature eggs are then vitrified (a form of freezing) and stored. At a later date, the eggs can be thawed out and injected with sperm to create embryos (with the use of ICSI). These can be transferred to the womb to try to achieve a pregnancy.

Why is egg freezing important?

Egg freezing may be considered for both social and medical reasons. For example, a patient may wish to preserve their fertility as starting a family is not a current consideration or because they are going to undertake some medical treatment which might impact their fertility in the future.

When is egg freezing recommended?

Egg freezing is recommended in various situations where a patient wants to preserve her fertility for later use due to medical, personal or lifestyle reasons. Here are some situations in which egg freezing might be recommended:

  • Cancer diagnosis
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Gender reassignment
  • Family planning
  • Personal choice

How much does egg freezing cost? Egg freezing treatment at Bridge Clinic London costs £3,600

This includes

  • A consultation with one of our clinicians to plan for the treatment
  • All required screening blood tests (minimum Hepatitis B and C and HIV)
  • A teaching session with the member of the nursing team to teach drug administration and support you with the consenting process 
  • A baseline scan
  • Monitoring scans
  • Egg collection under conscious sedation
  • Egg freezing
  • Storage of eggs for 1 year

If further egg collections are required, the cost of the second collection will be reduced to £3,240 and the third collection will be £2,900. To take advantage of this price, subsequent egg collections must be completed within six months of the original egg collection.

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