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How to freeze your eggs

If you want to know how to freeze your eggs, this guide outlines the initial steps that can help you understand the process, decide when and where to have treatment, and prepare yourself for an egg freezing cycle.

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There are many reasons why you might be interested in egg freezing and at Apricity, our inclusive fertility treatments are designed to support you no matter your individual circumstances. 

To help you on your journey, this article discusses how to freeze your eggs by looking at the various steps to take including what the process entails and how to get started.

What is egg freezing?

Egg freezing is a fertility preservation treatment where your eggs are collected and then frozen so that you have the opportunity to try and become a parent at a later date. 

Before embarking on the journey of freezing your eggs, it's a good idea to get up to speed about the process including at what age you should freeze your eggs, its success rates, and any potential challenges. Reliable sources such as medical journals, reputable fertility clinics, and patient stories and testimonials can provide valuable insights.

Apricity has dedicated fertility advisors who are here to answer any questions you may have about egg freezing. You can speak with an advisor online, on the phone or by booking a call at a time that suits you.

Should I freeze my eggs?

There are many reasons that people consider freezing their eggs. Career goals, health concerns, and not being ready to be a parent among other personal choices are common. Identifying and reflecting on your reasons for considering egg freezing will mean you have a clear understanding of your motivations and this will help you make informed decisions throughout the process. 

For many single women who haven’t met a partner yet, freezing their eggs offers more options for the future without the pressure of the ‘biological clock’. Becki’s egg freezing story offers a first-hand account of her journey, and she shares an empowering message with anyone thinking about preserving their fertility.

Evaluating the cost of egg freezing

The cost of egg freezing is a significant deciding factor for many individuals. You need to consider not only the cost of the procedure itself but also any medications and additional services. A transparent discussion with the chosen clinic about costs is essential to avoid any surprises later, especially given that research by University College London found that the ‘true’ cost of egg freezing at 15 top fertility clinics exceeded the advertised costs by around a third.

At Apricity, we have a transparent, inclusive pricing structure for egg freezing. For one egg freezing cycle, consisting of one episode of ovarian stimulation followed by egg collection and the cryopreservation of resultant eggs, the amount you pay includes the cost of:

  • Treatment

  • Monitoring scans

  • Consultations

  • Medications

  • 7/7 Advisor support

  • Access to our fertility app

Understand if you’re eligible for egg freezing

Fertility clinics usually have specific eligibility criteria for egg freezing. Looking at these criteria will help you to understand if a clinic is likely to accept you for treatment. Factors such as age, overall health, BMI, and ovarian reserve often play a role in determining eligibility.

If considering NHS treatment, there are also factors to consider. Egg freezing is not usually available on the NHS unless you have an illness or are undergoing medical treatment which could affect your fertility, such as chemotherapy treatment for cancer. In these circumstances, there are still likely to be eligibility conditions, which may differ depending on where you live and which Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and/or Integrated Care System (ICS) you fall under.

Start with a fertility test

Before proceeding with any treatment, you’ll need to undergo initial fertility investigations. These include hormone tests and an ovarian reserve assessment. Understanding your current fertility status will help both you and your healthcare team make informed decisions about the best approach for egg freezing.

Our at-home care model means that your initial fertility investigations can be done in the privacy and comfort of your own home. We will send you a clinical-grade testing kit which requires you to conduct a simple finger prick blood test. Once you’ve collected the sample, you return it to us by post. Alternatively, If you’d prefer to have your tests done in-clinic, this can be arranged with a clinic close to your home. 

Having a consultation

Schedule a consultation with a fertility specialist. Use this opportunity to discuss your concerns, your fertility history, ask questions, and gain a better understanding of the entire process. A candid conversation with the specialist will help alleviate any uncertainties and ensure you are well-informed.

With Apricity, you’ll have a consultation with a specialist after your fertility test results come back. This takes place virtually, meaning that you don’t even need to leave your house or have a meeting wherever you are.During the consultation, you’ll discuss your test results and be given a treatment plan recommendation.

Processing your emotions

Acknowledge and process the emotional aspects of egg freezing. It's natural to feel a range of emotions, from excitement to anxiety. Consider speaking with a counsellor or therapist to navigate these feelings and ensure you're mentally prepared for the journey.

At Apricity we offer free supportive counselling for anyone undergoing an egg freezing treatment cycle. 

Our team includes Accredited Counsellors who understand the emotions that can arise when considering and undergoing fertility treatment. You can arrange virtual sessions with one of our counsellors and they will help you process your feelings and develop strategies that prioritise your mental well-being.

Creating a support network

Building a strong support network can help you through the emotional and physical aspects of egg freezing. If you feel comfortable in doing so, share your decision with trusted friends, family, or support groups. With Apricity, you’ll also have access to our bespoke mobile app and your care team seven days a week through extended hours, meaning advice and support will be there when you need it.

Preparing your body

Prioritise your physical well-being leading up to your egg freezing cycle. Adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and sufficient sleep. Follow your healthcare team's recommendations to optimise your body in readiness for your egg freezing cycle.

How can I freeze my eggs with Apricity?

Remember, the decision to freeze your eggs is a personal one, and taking the time to prepare emotionally, physically, and financially will contribute to a more positive experience.

At Apricity, we offer dedicated support throughout your entire journey, from initial enquiry, during treatment and beyond. Our fertility hub has a wealth of valuable insights, expert advice and empowering resources that can help you feel informed and empowered about your decision. 

To start your egg freezing journey with Apricity,book a free call with a fertility advisor.

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