Egg freezing

Egg freezing is a way to preserve your opportunity to have a child in the future.

How does it work?

This option can offer you a way to preserve your eggs if you are facing medical treatment that could compromise your future fertility or you are not ready to become pregnant just now but wish to bank some of your eggs for future use. A cycle of egg freezing involves the same treatment as for conventional IVF, except the eggs are not fertilised or transferred. The eggs that are mature enough for this process are frozen on the same day as your egg collection.

Is it right for me?

At Bourn Hall, we provide egg freezing because the process might offer the only chance of having your own biological child.

If you’d like to do everything possible to preserve this opportunity, egg freezing might be an appropriate option. This could be because of your lifestyle choice (e.g. you’re approaching your mid-thirties without being ready to start a family) or the fact that you’re facing cancer treatment, or some other medical intervention that could affect your future fertility.

What next?

The decision to freeze eggs requires a lot of thought and consideration. We recommend that you discuss the implications with one of our counsellors before embarking on a cycle of treatment. Eggs collected from you that are suitable for freezing will be stored at the clinic for up to 10 years – the maximum storage period allowed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

If your eggs are frozen and stored at the clinic, we’ll contact you each year and ask you to confirm your wishes for the next 12 months. If you wish to continue storage with us, there is an annual storage fee.

When the time comes for you to use your stored eggs, they will be thawed and inseminated with sperm. We’ll then transfer the resulting embryos to you, using the same procedure as in a conventional IVF embryo transfer.