WHAT TO CONSIDER
● Egg freezing involves taking daily injections for 8-10 days to stimulate hormones. Women then have 3-4 ultrasound scans and blood tests before the eggs are collected. ● The procedure is only available on the NHS for medical reasons. However, for people freezing their eggs socially, the total cost of one cycle could be around £3,500 to £4,500. And there is an annual storage fee of around £200. ● Over recent years, clinics have switched from a slow freezing process to vitrification, where the eggs are frozen more quickly to avoid the formation of ice crystals and increase survival rates. ● The success rates of the eggs declines with increasing age. So if you’re considering freezing your eggs, you should consider doing so in your early 30s, or earlier, when egg number and quality is still high. ● In the UK, ten years is the current maximum time frozen eggs can be stored – unless they’ve been frozen for a medical condition. The time they are stored for has no negative impact on how successful they are.