Egg freezing is a method of fertility preservation that allows people the possibility of using their own eggs to become a parent later in life.
After a consultation with a fertility doctor, expect to go through a few weeks of hormonal injections to stimulate the ovaries and produce multiple egg follicles. A doctor will monitor the follicles’ growth regularly. When the time is right, the doctor will prescribe a different hormonal medication to mature and release the eggs. The final step in egg collection is to be sedated for a procedure where the doctor collects as many mature eggs as possible.4
The eggs collected are frozen and stored, sometimes for years. When it’s time to use them, they’ll be thawed and fertilised with sperm from a partner or a donor (read our page on ICSI for more details on how the best sperm is selected). Healthy embryos can be transferred to a woman’s womb, and after a few weeks, a pregnancy test will show if it’s successfully implanted in the uterine wall.
You can store your eggs for up to 55 years! You’ll need to renew your consent to store them every 10 years.5 Many clinics charge a yearly storage fee.
Note: it’s important to provide your most up to date contact information with your clinic so that they can contact you with consent forms. If they can’t reach you to ensure you want to keep your eggs frozen, they may dispose of them.
In total, from collection to embryo transfer, it costs between £7,000-8,000 in the UK.6 Here’s how that breaks down:
Egg collection and freezing:
Yearly cost for storage:
£250 per year
Thawing, fertilisation and embryo transfer: