A beginner’s guide to egg freezing

Emma Harpham, in partnership with Generation Next Fertility  |   11 Apr 2024

And the egg freezing timeline, revealed

Curious about the egg freezing timeline? Maybe you’re interested in learning more about what the process or medications can look like?

You’re (probably) not alone.

According to the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), around 13,000 women in the US decided to freeze their eggs in 2020.

So, if you’re considering freezing your eggs – we think you’re amazing, by the way – what are the basics to know about the process, and what should you learn about your options, before hitting go?

Watch as Dr. Serin Seckin and the fantastic Generation Next Fertility team share their expert insights into the key considerations, and guide you through the process of freezing your eggs.

If you’re looking for more answers, Generation Next Fertility are a great first stop for cutting-edge treatment and supportive options led by a compassionate expert team.

All caught up? Get started with the guide videos below.

Why do people choose to freeze their eggs?

Dr Seckin explains:

“Egg freezing is a great option for preserving your fertility, and a lot of women choose to freeze their eggs and gain control over their biological clock.

It may be a good option for women who:

  • Want to delay childbearing for personal or career reasons
  • Those facing medical therapy that may harm their ability to get pregnant in the future, such as chemotherapy or radiation
  • Those at risk of premature ovarian failure or menopause

Starting a conversation with your doctor is the best way to see whether egg freezing is the right option for you.”

What is the egg freezing timeline?

On average, it takes about two weeks from the start of medication stimulation to the actual egg retrieval.

Dr Seckin explains:

“On egg retrieval day, you’ll be asked to come in about 30 minutes before your procedure time.

The procedure itself takes about 10 to 15 minutes on average.

Once you wake up and the doctor tells you how many eggs you got that day, you’ll be going home about an hour after awakening.”

Dr. Serin Seckin gives us an inside look at the egg-freezing process, so you can know what to expect from the beginning.

Can you have a mild or natural protocol for egg freezing?

In a word, yes. Dr Seckin explains:

“Mild and natural protocols can be ideal for egg freezing patients who:

1. Have a very high sensitivity to medication
2. Only really need mild stimulation
3. Do not have a very high egg reserve

Generation Next Fertility believes fertility care should be customized to your body, to provide you with the best possible results.

Considering egg freezing?

Getting started at the very beginning of the egg freezing timeline doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. You’ve got this!

Connect with the team at Generation Next Fertility today and book a consultation – they’re here for you, whenever you’re ready to take the next step.

You can also follow them on Instagram over at @gen.next.fertillity and their fab Medical Director @goodluckluk for daily bite-size insights, tips and more.

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