Egg-freezing – what you need to know

Want to freeze your eggs so you can delay motherhood? Singer Rita Ora revealed on an Australian television program that she made the decision to freeze her eggs in her early 20’s. 

The 26-year-old singer was talking to Aussie TV host David Koch when she revealed the decision came about after explaining to her doctor how she had ‘always wanted a big family.’

‘He said ‘you are healthy now and it would be great, why not put them away and then you never have to worry about it again?’ she said.

Ora’s announcement promotes the potential benefits of freezing your eggs earlier, rather than waiting and potentially being unable to conceive later on.

Dr Helen O’Neill, of University College London, said: ‘The earlier you freeze your eggs the better. The benefits (of egg freezing) are that you are taking your fertility into your own hands. If you’re checked and you have a low fertility, it’s best to act early.’

In the UK, the numbers of women choosing to freeze their eggs have soard since 2001. During that time, a mere 29 British women froze their eggs but in 2014 that number had soared to 816 women.

But what exactly happens during the egg-freezing process?  Fertility expert Professor Geeta Nargund explains the process, risks and costs

MORE: How to have a baby on your own

How are the eggs frozen?

Today, we have a technique called egg vitrification which is also called ‘flash freezing’ which can really preserve the egg’s quality. It’s been a game changer in egg freezing because it can preserve up to 80 per cent of the egg’s quality where in the past some 50 per cent might have been lost through older freezing techniques.

egg freezing is not a guarantee of a baby – we can’t erase the effects of age on a woman’s eggs.

how-to-freeze-your-eggs-featured by healthista.com

Is there an optimum age for egg freezing?

Don’t leave it until after 35 because the age of the egg determines the success of egg freezing. But freezing your eggs is not a guarantee of a baby – we can’t erase the effects of age on a woman’s eggs.

What are the risks?

You will need to take drugs to stimulate your ovaries to produce more eggs than usual and this can in rare cases lead to ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome which can lead to illness, severe pain and even death. Thankfully, today’s methods for drug stimulation are much milder so make sure you ask your doctors questions about using low ovarian stimulating drugs to ensure your risk of this stays low. The egg collection process can come with a low risk of vaginal bleeding and internal injury.

What are the costs?

Egg collection and freezing is around £3000. There are also fees for thawing eggs in the lab or around £200 a year. Then, when you thaw the eggs there will be additional costs to have fertility treatment. If you’re using donor sperm you will need to source donor sperm at a cost of around £650 an ampule of sperm and use a process called Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) in which your eggs will be injected with a single sperm and costs around £1000. Then you will need an embryo transfer procedure in which an embryo is put back into your womb (which will hopefully turn unto a pregnancy) which costs about £950.

Looking for more information about what happens inside fertility clinics? Watch this short video which shows the process inside the IVI fertility clinic in Madrid.

 

Professor Geeta Nargund if the medical director of Create Fertility Clinics.

MORE : Egg-freezing – exactly what happens

MORE: Thinking of freezing your eggs? Read this first

MORE: Inside a Spanish Fertility Clinic

< Back

Also in this week’s magazine

manuka honey FEATURE (1)
Celebrity

Everyone’s talking about Manuka honey…but why is it so expensive?

Kourtenay Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson are fans of Manuka honey, but the stuff is pricey - Healthista Nutritional Director Rick Hay explains why

Katy perry and taylor swift feud FEATURE
Therapy

Friendship therapy – Falling out with a friend

Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are friends again. But what about real world friendships? Healthista psychotherapist Sally Brown provides a detailed, useful answer to a complex friendship problem

Fibre Gap - Stomach - Featured
Expert Chat

Bloated? Constipated? 7 signs you’re stuck in a fibre gap

The amount of fibre we need is well below what we're actually eating and the result is bloating, constipation and flatulence - here's how to fix it

Cryotherapy FEATURE
Fitness

How the new cryotherapy trend could change your body

It's fast becoming the go-to therapy for sports recovery and anti-ageing.  We caught up with experts and visited three cryotherapy clinics in Los Angeles to see what the hype is about

The vaginal condition you've never heard of - that's more common than thrush FEATURED
Expert Chat

The vaginal condition you’ve never heard of – that’s more common than thrush

Yes, we are talking about vaginas again...seriously, If you think you get thrush all the time, you need to read this - consultant gynaecologist Dr Shazia Malik explains

would your manuka honey pass the test_ - FEATURED
The truth about...

6 ways to tell if your manuka honey is real or a fake

Here’s how to tell if your Mānuka honey has any real health benefits – or whether it's actually a fake - plus how to know what you're paying for. Sharon Walker reports

Latest Video Series

Healthista-footer

Wellness Weekly

I agree to my personal data being stored and used to receive the Healthista newsletter.

Top