Elective egg freezing
Women who are at risk of a reduction in ovarian reserves or ovarian failure can consider freezing unfertilised eggs. Frozen eggs can be used later when you are ready to start family. Egg freezing can also offer young women the reassurance of preserving their fertility, especially for those who are not yet ready to start family, and who wish to become biological parent in future.
Certain diseases or disorders require treatment that may affect fertility. For example, diseases such as cancer, genetic disorders, autoimmune diseases, can provoke infertility.
If you plan to have children, you have to know how a disease or its treatment may affect fertility. Before starting treatment for any illness, you have to get information about the consequences with regards to your fertility.
Before starting elective egg freezing, we will assess your egg health and advise on their suitability.
The process of egg freezing is similar to an IVF cycle. We’ll give you medications to stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. When we consider the eggs ready for retrieval, you’ll undergo an egg collection procedure under sedation (day surgical procedure).
Once we collect your eggs, we freeze them using a flash-freeze method ‘vitrification’. When you intend to use the frozen eggs, we thaw the eggs in a reverse process.
We then treat the eggs by using Intracytoplasmic Sperm Insemination (ICSI). This involves injecting one sperm into each viable egg. We will give you fertility medications to prepare your womb for the transfer of the embryos created using the thawed eggs. The remaining frozen eggs stay in storage.