Egg freezing is a method of preserving a woman’s fertility so she can try and have children at a later date. This page explains how the process works, its success rates and risks.
What is egg freezing?
Is egg freezing right for me?
You might want to consider freezing your eggs if:
- You have a medical condition or need treatment for a medical condition that will affect your fertility, such as cancer (in this case NHS funding may be available depending on where you live).
- You’re worried about your fertility declining but you’re not ready to have a child or you haven’t found the right partner – this is often called ‘elective egg freezing’.
- You’re at risk of injury or death (for example, you’re a member of the Armed Forces who is being deployed to a war zone).
- If you’re a female transitioning to a male, you may want to preserve your fertility before you start hormone therapy or have reconstructive surgery. Both treatments can lead to the partial or total loss of your fertility.
- You don’t want to have leftover embryos after IVF treatment for ethical reasons.