Egg Freezing

Only you can decide when you’re ready to start a family – with Egg freezing you can wait until the time is right. By freezing your eggs with Beacon CARE Fertility you can preserve your fertility for the future, giving you the flexibility you need to wait for the right time

Why freeze your eggs?

Age
Fertility is scientifically proven to be age dependent and since it is the age of a woman’s eggs which determines her fertility, the eggs of a 30 year old woman are much more likely to lead to successful conception than those of a 40 year old. Freezing your eggs at an early reproductive age can help to preserve your fertility and maximise your chances of a future pregnancy if you should experience fertility problems in the future.
Cancer treatment
A significant number of cancer cases occur in people of reproductive age and cancer treatments can harm your fertility. The effects can be temporary or permanent depending on factors such as the type of cancer , the treatment received and your age at the time of treatment. These treatments do not have to end the hopes of having a family though. Women with cancer may have the option to preserve their fertility by freezing their eggs.

When should I freeze my eggs?

You should ideally freeze your eggs before you’re 36. Around 36 the quality of your eggs will begin to decline. Poor egg quality can lead to problems conceiving, miscarriage or genetic conditions so by freezing your eggs when you’re younger, you have the best possible chance of starting or growing your family.

What Are The Steps Involved?

The egg freezing process can be split into four stages.

1. You begin by taking medication which encourages your ovaries to produce eggs.

2. During this time you’ll make a few short visits to the clinic to monitor your response.

3. Then we’ll collect your eggs in a short procedure under mild sedation or local anaesthetic. It only takes about half an hour, so it’s easy to fit around a busy schedule.

4. Once we have collected your eggs we will then freeze and safely store them.

Egg Freezing

How are eggs frozen?

Did you know that an egg is the largest cell in the human body? This means we need a special technique to freeze effectively. We use the vitrification technique to freeze eggs. Vitrification literally means ‘turning to glass’. The eggs are first dehydrated to remove as much water as possible. Then, after being bathed in a protective solution, they are plunged rapidly into liquid nitrogen at almost -200°C. This step is performed so quickly that prevents ice formation and results in a glass-like state.

Around 95% of eggs undergoing this super-fast freezing technique survive the freeze-thaw process and a high proportion of these are capable of undergoing ICSI (where a sperm is injected in to the egg to fertilise)

Read the Blog Post by Alison Campbell, Director of Embryology >>

Why Chose Beacon CARE Fertility for Egg Freezing?

The expertise and experience of our Lab Team and Doctors cannot be overstated.

In addition, when you decide to transfer your eggs via IVF, you will have access to our world renowned embryo selection technology to select the most viable embryo for transfer. Our doctors will also devise a tailored treatment plan specifically for you. All of these components will maximise your chance of having a successful pregnancy.

Our track record is reflected in the exceptional success rates we achieve for our patients and there have been 50,000 CARE babies born to date.

Egg Freezing

Introducing

A Unique Egg Freezing and Storage package

What is EGGsafe?

EGGsafe is an optional egg freezing package that is exclusive to Beacon CARE Fertility. It has been designed to make egg freezing simpler and we believe it could make it more effective.

With EGGsafe we aim to maximise your chances of a successful future pregnancy by freezing a total of 20 eggs gathered over up to four egg collections, which can be spread over several months.

The whole EGGsafe package includes all egg collections, preparation and freezing of your eggs, and storage.

Is EGGsafe suitable for me?

To have EGGsafe you should:

    • Be 36 or under
    • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or less
    • Have an Antral Follicle Count (AFC) of over 14

By meeting these criteria, we’ll be able to offer you EGGsafe knowing that you have a realistic chance of producing enough eggs for storage

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