Egg Freezing Manchester
Contrary to some popular belief, the process of female egg freezing in Manchester can be a long one. In order to collect enough eggs (oocytes) to freeze, you have to undergo the same type of treatment as women having IVF. Drugs are used to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. A few weeks after commencing treatment, the eggs are collected using an ultrasound-guided needle. Eggs that are mature (i.e. ready to be fertilised) can be frozen using a process called vitrification. When you wish to use the eggs, they are thawed and then fertilised using intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), a technique that involves injecting a single sperm into each egg. Resultant embryos are transferred to your uterus (a maximum of two at a time).
Who Might Benefit From Egg Freezing in Manchester?
How Long Are Eggs Stored For?
Eggs can normally be stored for up to 10 years, providing that you renew your consent to storage each year by informing Aurora annually (in writing) that you require storage to continue. A form will be sent to you by registered post each year for this purpose. It is therefore most important that you keep us informed of any change of address. In special circumstances we may be able to store eggs for more than 10 years – this depends on the reason for storage.
How Successful Is Egg Freezing in Manchester?
Survival rates for eggs following egg freezing in Manchester depends on the quality of the eggs before freezing, but on average about 70% of the eggs frozen will survive the freeze-thaw process. Of the surviving eggs undergoing ICSI we hope about 60% will fertilise.
The use of frozen eggs is still a relatively new technique and as such it is difficult to provide any meaningful statistics regarding pregnancy rates. Success rates worldwide appear to be about 10% per attempt (rates quoted by individual clinics vary from 5% to up to 30%).
What Are The Risks Associated With Egg Freezing in Manchester?
Since the number of offspring born from frozen-thawed eggs is still relatively low it is difficult to draw any conclusions; it is likely to be several years before sufficient births have occurred to determine the true safety of the egg freezing process. However, information available indicates freezing female eggs is a relatively safe process. To date, there have been over 900 babies born worldwide as a result of egg freezing and no excess of major abnormalities has been reported. In addition, in a 3-year follow-up study of 16 children who were born as a result of frozen-thawed eggs, no developmental defects were seen.
What Happens To Stored Eggs If The Woman Dies?
This depends on what has been written on the storage consent form (normally they would be removed from storage and allowed to perish).
Counselling For Women Considering Egg Storage
Free counselling is available to anyone considering egg storage. This gives you the opportunity to discuss with an independent person your concerns regarding the storage of your eggs and their future use, including the implications for your future fertility. Support can be offered to both you and, where appropriate, your partner.
Additional Information About Egg Freezing
The storage of eggs is an activity licensed by the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) under the terms of the HF&E Act of Parliament (1990).
All patients wishing to store eggs must be screened for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
For Specialist Egg Freezing in Manchester, Contact Aurora Healthcare
If you are considering freezing your eggs, or you wish to discuss your options for specialist fertility treatments, we are here for you. At Aurora Healthcare, we are expertly trained and experienced in delivering and performing a wide range of fertility procedures to increase the chances of a successful outcome. To arrange your initial consultation, please get in touch today.
Feel free to contact the Aurora Healthcare team by calling direct on 01625 617316 or complete our online contact form with details of your enquiry and we will be in touch as soon as possible.