Egg freezing

The best time to have a baby is an incredibly personal decision and one that takes significant thought and consideration. As part of this decision-making process, a person may choose to freeze their eggs.

The first step is to arrange a consultation and ovarian reserve testing. At your consult, Glasgow Royal Fertility Clinic will review your current fertility and advise if egg freezing is a good option for you right now.

The chance of success using frozen eggs reflects how many eggs are stored and how old you were when you stored them.

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  • General Information

    A female is born with two ovaries containing resting eggs or follicles. By puberty they will have an egg quantity of approx 200,000 though egg quality and quantity will decrease as an individual ages. This can impact a person’s ability to conceive.
  • Egg freezing by Vitrification

    Egg freezing represents a way to suspend fertility in time, preventing the decrease in quality and quantity that inevitably comes with age. Vitrification, or flash-freezing, is an incredibly efficient and effective method of freezing eggs that demonstrates strong survival, fertilization, and embryonic development rates after frozen eggs have been thawed.
  • When to freeze your eggs

    The most optimal time to freeze eggs is in early to mid-30s while fertility potential is still near its peak. However, at Glasgow Royal Fertility Clinic (GRFC), a patient can also freeze their eggs between the ages of 30 and 40. It's all about finding a balance. Some patients may need to freeze younger, while others have more time. This is all dependent on medical history and ovarian reserve function.
  • What to expect

    The average couple takes 5 to 7 months to conceive naturally. At the beginning of each cycle, several follicles containing an egg are present, with only one that will develop, mature, and release through ovulation. Not every egg will result in a pregnancy when couples try to conceive on their own, and the same truth applies when a person chooses to freeze their eggs.

    GRFC recommends patients aged 37 or younger who have excellent ovarian function freeze between 15 to 20 mature eggs. And those over 38, or with diminished ovarian function, freeze 25 to 30 eggs.

  • Egg freezing cycle timeline

    After a patient completes ovarian reserve testing and attends consultation with their GRFC physician they will work to determine a timeline of when to start an egg freezing cycle.
  • Cycle Day 1

    Upon the start of menstrual cycle, a patient will initiate daily injectable hormone medications. Our goal is to stimulate a larger number of eggs than their body would do naturally in order to freeze. During this time, they will come to Glasgow Royal Fertility Clinic for regular monitoring appointments (6 to 9 monitoring appointments will often apply).
  • Trigger Injection

    At the end of the stimulation period, a patient will be given a trigger injection which helps the eggs mature and signals the body to release the eggs.
  • Egg Retrieval

    Two days following the trigger injection, a patient will have their egg retrieval at GRFC. This procedure takes up to 25 minutes under anaesthesia. Recovery takes approx. 30 minutes after which a patient is safe to leave.
  • Evaluating the Eggs

    Once retrieved, embryologists in the laboratory evaluate the eggs to determine which ones are mature.
  • Freezing and Storing the Eggs

    Embryologists will freeze the mature eggs using vitrification and store them.


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