WHAT TO CON­SIDER

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● 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.

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