Women are usually aware that their fertility will take a downward turn after 35, but there may be many factors – social, educational or financial – dictating a delay in starting a family. With advances in cryopreservation and IVF techniques, egg freezing is becoming an increasingly viable option for women who want to preserve their reproductive potential.
Will egg freezing work?
Many women have benefited from freezing their eggs: over 2000 babies have been born this way. However, unless you work for Apple or Facebook (who announced in 2014 they were offering egg freezing as an employee benefit), the process requires a financial commitment, roughly costing £5000. It is therefore important that anyone considering this route understand what is involved, what are the chances of success and what they can do to improve their prospects. The earlier the eggs are collected the better: the ideal age for egg collection is when a woman is in her mid twenties to early thirties. Clinical pregnancy rates from frozen eggs are approximately 35% – but this decreases for women over 35 years old. During a consultation with female gynaecologist Miss Amanda Tozer, you will discuss all aspects of egg freezing, including success rates and what it will require of you physically and emotionally. London-based Miss Tozer will also be able to advise on lifestyle changes that can improve the quality of your eggs and, in turn, your chances of success.
What should I look for in a fertility clinic?
Egg freezing is regulated in the UK by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) so ensure your clinic is registered. Your choice of specialist is also important as the process makes demands of your body and you will value being in the care of an attentive professional. At her London fertility clinic, Miss Amanda Tozer offers individualised care, personally guiding her patients through their egg freezing with honesty and reassurance.