What is the abc IVF Freeze and Share Programme?
With ‘Freeze and Share’, we provide you the chance to freeze your eggs for future use whilst helping another woman to have a baby using donor eggs.
By choosing ‘Freeze and Share’ you will keep half the eggs collected and store mature eggs suitable for your future treatment, while donating the other half to someone who needs them. Your egg freezing treatment is free of charge, you only pay a total of £500 towards screening tests and medication.
‘Freeze and Share’ gives you the chance to help someone, and a cost-effective way to take control of your own fertility.
If you have any questions about Freeze and Share or how to start treatment please contact our experienced team who will be happy to help.
Why consider egg freezing?
Women’s fertility begins to decline as they reach their mid-thirties where their eggs naturally begin to decline in quality and quantity.
When you freeze your eggs, you can improve your chances of conceiving at a later date by using your eggs from a younger age when they are healthier. For many women, this is an empowering decision and one that puts them in control of their fertility at a time of their life when circumstances may not be right to start a family.
Why choose ‘Freeze and Share’?
We’ve designed ‘Freeze and Share’ to greatly cut the cost of egg freezing to make it accessible to as many women as possible, and help boost the numbers of egg donors in the UK.
Donor eggs can often be the only hope for many women hoping to conceive, and unfortunately there is a huge shortage of donor eggs in the UK. For women who have a low egg reserve in their ovaries, those who have experienced an early menopause, or been made infertile after cancer treatment, egg donation can often be their only hope of having a family. When you join the ‘Freeze and Share’ programme you’ll become part of a very special group of women who are transforming the lives of those suffering with fertility problems.
Our team have many years of expertise in egg freezing treatment. In recent years, the development of new vitrification ‘Fast Freezing technology’ for egg freezing has made the treatment more successful, with survival rates of over 80% for frozen eggs. Although there is no guarantee that freezing eggs will result in a pregnancy, the process can greatly increase your chances of success in later life.
You will receive a full egg freezing treatment cycle free of charge, only paying £500 towards the medication. The package includes:
- pre-treatment screening tests
- monitoring scans
- clinical advice
- HFEA fee
- egg collection
- egg freezing by vitrification ( Latest fast freezing technology)
- first year’s egg storage
Our usual fee for egg freezing treatment is £3,100 per treatment cycle. With ‘Freeze and Share’ you pay only £500 towards the medication cost and £410, the cost for your virtual consultation with us, which includes:
- consultation with a highly-experienced nurse consultant
- basic health checks
- detailed ultrasound scan
- review of results and a full picture of your fertility health
In terms of your fertility health, you’ll need to have both ovaries intact, with good egg reserve. Our screening will include a blood test to check your hormone levels and screen for any conditions that might prevent you sharing your eggs. The assessment will give you a detailed picture of your fertility health.
When you are thinking about donating eggs there is a lot to consider, including the fact that children born of donor eggs have the right to identifying information about their donors once they reach the age of 18.
We want you to be sure donating is the right decision for you. We offer every potential donor the opportunity to speak to an independent counsellor so you can be sure that you are comfortable with donation. You will also be provided with a copy of the agreement with us, setting out all the terms of the arrangement: this will need to be signed by you before treatment commences. We will go through the agreement with you to ensure you understand it and to give you an opportunity to ask any questions.
We appreciate the decision to share your eggs is a big one, and you’ll have the chance to speak to a specialist fertility counsellor to make sure you understand what donation means for you and your family. Our team will be with you at every step to answer any questions you have.
After the procedure, we will let you know how many eggs have been collected. Half of the eggs will be kept for you (the donor).The mature eggs suitable for freezing are then stored for future use when you’re ready to start a family. The remaining half are donated to a matched recipient. If there’s an odd number then the extra egg will be stored for you. By law,eggs can be stored for up to ten years, and can only be stored for longer if certain exceptional circumstances apply.
What happens after I share my eggs?
The eggs you have shared will be stored before they are matched with up to a recipient. Your generous gift has the potential to transform the life of someone who would otherwise never have the chance to conceive.
After your donation, you can choose to write a pen picture with a short description of yourself and a goodwill message for the recipient of your eggs. The women who receive your eggs will receive basic non-identifying information about you to help the matching process. By law, children born of donor eggs or sperm have the right to information about their donor when they reach adulthood.
Frequently asked questions
We suggest that a woman may want to consider 2-3 cycles to give them the best chance of freezing a good number of eggs. We limit patients to a maximum of 3 freeze cycles.
No. The recipients of your eggs are the legal parents of any children born, and you have no financial or legal responsibility.