When considering fertility preservation before cancer treatment, patients are being given a lot of information. This is an emotionally difficult time so it may be difficult to take on board all that has been discussed.
When preserving fertility, the eggs, embryos or ovarian tissue can be stored for a total of fifty-five years according to the HFEA. The storage period is extended every ten years and has to be certified by the fertility specialist at your clinic.
When the storage period is coming to an end, your fertility clinic will contact you. You will have to complete the relevant consent forms to extend the storage of the eggs, embryos or ovarian tissue. You may have to pay for continued storage if NHS funding does not exist. The NHS funding for continued storage differs from postcode to postcode.
Therefore, it is important that you keep your contact details up to date with the clinic to ensure continued storage of the gametes or embryos. If you do not respond to the repeated contact attempts by your fertility clinic, then they will not be able to maintain storage of the frozen items.