What is Freeze Your Eggs For Free when you share?
Even though the ideal situation is for women to have their children when they are younger, it is also the age when women are most likely to be pursuing other chosen life paths. That’s why we know that many young women today, who are interested in making choices, want to find out about egg freezing as a means to preserve their fertility, enabling them to try for the family they know they want later in life. Our Freeze Your Eggs For Free scheme quite simply provides young women with the opportunity to meet the cost of their egg freezing treatment, including the cost of the storage for the first 3 months, when they agree to share half of their eggs with another woman who desperately needs donated eggs to achieve her dream of motherhood.
Don’t leave it too late
There are more lifestyle options available for young women today and women are delaying having families for many varied reasons. Sometimes the delay is through choice, but more often we are hearing that it is because of not being in a secure relationship, or because of career path commitments, or not being financially or emotionally ready to become a parent. Whatever the reason is for the delay in having children, you will probably be experiencing some anxiety and emotional pressure at having to prioritise the goals you may have set for your career, lifestyle, relationships and children, especially when there are regular articles reminding you about your declining fertility in the newspapers.
Social egg freezing is being hailed as the latest and greatest tool for feminist empowerment since the contraceptive pill, and that may be the case. But it is also something that needs to be thought about sooner rather than later. It is important to remember that egg freezing should not be seen as the ultimate solution for a convenient lifestyle or career choice, especially if you are an older women; fertility is very age dependent and the chance of a successful pregnancy using frozen eggs is higher if the eggs are frozen at a very early reproductive age, ideally before the age of 32.
With the number of enquiries about egg freezing increasing, we believe that the potential benefits of the procedure, and its increasing success rates, makes fertility preservation by egg freezing a serious consideration for many healthy, young women. That said, it is important to remember that egg freezing does not come with a guarantee of success, so when we are faced with a patient enquiring about egg freezing, we are always realistic. We provide an account of what egg freezing treatment involves; its advantages and disadvantages, and the potential chance of success. So, as long as the decision is an informed and balanced one, we would never discourage a woman from choosing to freeze her eggs.
Does the egg freezing technology work?
Egg freezing technology already exists; in fact it has been around for over 30 years. Herts & Essex Fertility have been using it to successfully freeze embryos for many years. The technology uses a rapid cryopreservation procedure known as vitrification, and with almost 100% of eggs surviving the freezing and thawing process success rates in the UK and worldwide are improving. We know that frozen eggs can be stored safely in liquid nitrogen for many years and our regulatory body, the HFEA, allows UK clinics to store frozen eggs for up to 10 years, enabling you to use them for your fertility treatment in the future.
There are various reasons why some women need to use donor eggs to realise their dream of starting their own family. It might be because they have gone through an early menopause, or had chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment which has sadly left them infertile. Some women have genetic conditions which they do not want to pass on to their children or they may have unexplained infertility and undergone several unsuccessful IVF treatments using her own eggs. Unfortunately there is a shortage of egg donors in the UK and it is only through the selfless generosity of women who are prepared to share or altruistically donate their eggs that women who require donated eggs can realise their dream of having a family.
To find out if you are eligible to freeze your eggs for free when you anonymously share your eggs with another woman, please read the details on our Freeze Your Eggs For Free page.
Want to find out more?
If you have any questions about egg freezing or our Freeze Your Eggs For Free offer and want to talk to one of our fertility nurse coordinators, please call Sarah Robinson on 01992 78 50 65 or Sarah Templeman on 01992 78 50 67 or you can email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can either email or call you back.