This is an exciting area, with recent technological advancements making egg freezing a more useful option for women.
This is an exciting area, with technological advancements making this a useful opportunity for more women than ever before. It is important to check that the laboratory in which your eggs are frozen is highly experienced with the newer technique (of vitrification, or ‘snap freezing’) and has created babies using frozen eggs.
There are many indications for women to preserve their fertility with egg freezing. The most common one is to counteract the inevitable decline of egg quality and numbers with age. Of course, having children at a biologically suitable age is best, however this may not be feasible for various reasons. Egg freezing may present an opportunity for additional chances to conceive in the future.
Other reasons why a woman may freeze her eggs include:
- Medical treatments which affect the ovaries and fertility, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy
- Gender re-assignment surgery.
Egg production is boosted using fertility drugs that stimulate the ovaries to produce follicles which contain the eggs. When the developing follicles are large enough they are carefully aspirated to collect the eggs they have produced, while the woman is under light sedation. The eggs are then frozen (or vitrified).
You can make an appoint in two ways:
- Request an Appointment via this website, by clicking here
- Call us on (03) 8376 6230.
- A referral letter from your GP (couples trying to conceive may use a joint referral: this must name both partners)
- Copies of any blood tests your GP has recently arranged for you
- Copies of imaging reports and ideally the images themselves of any investigations you have recently undertaken
- Copies of your medical records/operation reports from any gynaecological surgery you have had in the past
- A completed new patient registration form
- A signed consent form for a transvaginal ultrasound (if required).
Sometimes it can be helpful to take a family member or friend with you when you meet with a specialist. You may feel more confident if someone else is with you, a relative or friend can help remind you about things you planned to share with or ask the doctor, and he/she also can help you remember what the doctor says.