Fertility preservation is where eggs, embryos, sperm, or reproductive tissue are frozen and safely stored, to be used in future fertility treatments.
Preserving your fertility can be a reassuring option if you’re looking to have a family further down the line.
Want to know if this is for you? You can talk to one of our fertility experts.
Fertility preservation is a key consideration before undergoing cancer treatment or hormone therapy, as some of these treatments can affect fertility.
You may also have heard of social freezing, where you can preserve your fertility until you’re ready to start a family.
At TFP Fertility UK, we can collect and freeze your eggs, embryos, sperm, or reproductive tissue and safely store them to be used at a later date.
The process of collection will depend on whether you’re going to freeze eggs, embryos, sperm, or reproductive tissue – so it ranges from providing a sperm sample, to doing most or all of an IVF cycle, to a surgical procedure to collect reproductive tissue.
Once collected, we use a flash freezing technique called vitrification for the preservation of eggs, embryos, and sperm.
If you’re preserving ovarian and testicular tissue, we very slowly cool them down to protect their structure and function.
We will then provide storage for as long as you require.
UK law permits you to store your eggs, embryos, sperm, ovarian or testicular tissue for use in treatment for up to 55 years from the date they are first placed in storage, but you must renew your consent every ten years.
We’ll reach out to you when this renewal date approaches, so you don’t need to worry about missing it.
You might not have considered fertility preservation before, or perhaps you’ve thought about it but you’re still unsure.
There are many reasons why you may want to preserve your fertility, some of the most common reasons are:
Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and radiotherapy could affect your fertility, especially if you receive high doses.
If you’re starting hormone therapy or planning to have reconstructive surgery, both can lead to some or complete loss of your fertility.
You might not feel financially or emotionally ready, or you haven’t met the right partner, or there are other things you want to do.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, as well as other health problems, can affect fertility in women.
In men, sperm and ejaculation disorders and conditions such as hypogonadism, or lack of testosterone, can lead to fertility problems.
You may want to preserve your fertility because of the risk of injury or exposure to harmful chemicals or illnesses.
Whatever your situation, we’re here to answer your questions and guide you through your fertility preservation options. Please use our contact form to book an appointment at your local TFP Fertility clinic to find out more.
It’s possible to freeze your eggs, embryos, sperm, or reproductive tissue.
Freezing your eggs can help ‘stop the clock’ on your fertility, giving you time and allowing you to try to have children at a later date.
You’ll need to go through a partial IVF cycle up to the egg collection step.
You may be having embryos frozen through a standalone IVF procedure, or freezing unused healthy embryos from an IVF treatment.
Freezing sperm is the most effective treatment for preserving male fertility.
You’ll be asked to produce a fresh sample of sperm, but if you’re unable to produce a sample, we also offer a procedure called surgical sperm retrieval.
Ovarian tissue freezing is a specialist technique used if you’re unable to freeze your eggs, or you’re undergoing treatment for cancer or other conditions that affect the ovaries.
Testicular tissue freezing is a specialist technique used if you can’t ejaculate, or where your ejaculated semen does not contain enough healthy sperm for fertility treatment.
Around 85% of the frozen eggs and 80% of the frozen embryos we thaw can be used in a fertility treatment.
We estimate around 50% of your sperm will survive the thawing process.
There are typically 15–200 million sperm in every millilitre of semen, so there will still be more than enough, and frozen sperm has the same fertilisation capacity as fresh sperm.
However, a successful future fertility treatment is dependent on many factors.
For example, your chance of becoming pregnant after using a frozen egg in a fertility treatment depends on the age you were when your eggs were frozen, as younger women tend to have healthier eggs.
We’ll discuss these factors with you during your consultation and answer any questions you may have.
The cost of fertility preservation at TFP Fertility UK varies depends on whether you are freezing eggs, embryos, sperm or reproductive tissue, as the process is different for each.
Storage is an additional annual cost.
You can find a detailed price list for all treatments and procedures on each TFP Fertility clinic page.