Egg Freezing

As time goes by a woman’s fertility decreases considerably due to the aging of the ovaries. This makes it more difficult for a woman to conceive and indeed her chances of having a healthy baby are also reduced.

Freezing a woman’s eggs at her most fertile period can help address these problems with a greater chance of having a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Reasons For Egg Freezing

It’s important to note that the success of egg freezing depends on various factors, including the woman’s age at the time of egg retrieval. Younger eggs generally have a higher chance of successful thawing and fertilization. On top of this, there are multiple reasons one may be inclined to go down the route of egg freezing, such as

  • Pursuing Career or Education Goals
  • Medical Reasons.
  • Preserving Fertility in the Face of Age-Related Decline
  • Single Women or Those Delaying Family-Building Plans
  • Preserving Fertility for Social or Lifestyle Reasons.
  • Individuals Undergoing Gender Confirmation Preocedures.

What Does Egg Freezing Involve?

Egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, involves a series of steps to retrieve a woman’s eggs, freeze them, and store them for potential future use. Here is an overview of the egg freezing process:

Step 1 - Ovarian Stimulation

The process begins with ovarian stimulation, where fertility medications are administered to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Regular monitoring through blood tests and ultrasounds ensures optimal egg development.

Once the eggs have matured, a minor surgical procedure called egg retrieval or oocyte aspiration is performed. A thin needle is inserted through the vaginal wall into the ovaries to aspirate the eggs from the follicles. This procedure is usually conducted under sedation.

The retrieved eggs are immediately frozen through a process called vitrification. Vitrification involves rapidly cooling the eggs to extremely low temperatures, preventing the formation of ice crystals and preserving the cellular structure.

After vitrification, the frozen eggs are stored in specialized cryopreservation tanks filled with liquid nitrogen. Eggs can be stored for an extended period, and their quality is maintained during this time.

When a woman is ready to use her frozen eggs, they are thawed, and the viable ones are selected for fertilization. Fertilization can occur through in vitro fertilization (IVF), where sperm is introduced to the eggs in a laboratory setting.

After fertilization, the resulting embryos are cultured for a few days, and one or more healthy embryos are selected for transfer into the woman’s uterus during an IVF cycle.

How Can I Find Out if I am a Suitable Candidate for Egg Freezing?

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Frequently Asked Question

Q1: How Do I Schedule an Initial Consultation?

A: To schedule an initial consultation, please contact our clinic directly via phone, email, or through our appointment request form. You may also ask your general practitioner or healthcare provider for a referral.

A: We offer a range of fertility services, including but not limited to IVF, IUI, egg freezing, and donor programs. Our experienced team will guide you through the available options based on your individual needs.

A: Infertility can result from various factors. If you’ve been actively trying to conceive for a year (or six months if you’re over 35) without success, or if you have known fertility issues, it’s advisable to seek consultation. Both partners should undergo initial assessments to determine the cause.

A: The process varies based on the chosen treatment, but generally involves an initial consultation, diagnostic testing, personalized treatment planning, and, if needed, assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF or IUI. Our team will guide you through each step.

A: Our team can discuss available financing options, and we recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand coverage details.

As of 2023, patients may avail of publicly funded IVF, IUI, or ICSI treatments through the HSE if they meet the eligibility criteria. 

A: Success rates can vary based on individual circumstances. During your consultation, we will provide you with personalized information based on your medical history and the specific treatment plan.

A: We welcome both couples and single individuals seeking fertility assistance. Our team provides support and guidance to individuals with diverse family-building goals.

A: Fertility treatments can be emotionally challenging, and the physical aspects vary. Our team is committed to providing compassionate care and support throughout your fertility journey.

A: Adopting a healthy lifestyle can positively impact fertility. Our team will provide guidance on factors such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management to optimize your chances of conception.

A: Patient confidentiality is a top priority. We adhere to strict privacy standards, and all information shared with our clinic is kept confidential.


We Offer High Success Rates!

With both frozen and fresh embryo transfer options available, we tailor our approach to suit each individual’s needs, maximising the chances of conception. Find our more about how our dedicated team of experts utilizes cutting-edge technology and personalised care to achieve outstanding results.


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