Step 1. Before you agree to the freezing and storage of your eggs, your doctor will explain the process involved, including the risks and chance of success. Your clinic should also offer you the opportunity to discuss your feelings and any concerns you may have with a specialist counsellor.
Step 2. You will be screened for infectious diseases, including HIV and Hepatitis B and C.
Step 3. You will have a course of fertility drugs and the development of follicles (fluid filled sacs containing eggs) monitored with ultrasound examinations and blood tests.
Step 4. When the eggs are mature they will be retrieved in an ultrasound guided procedure under light anaesthetic.
Step 5. The eggs are then frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen.
When a woman is ready to become pregnant, her eggs are thawed and then fertilised with the partner’s or a donor’s sperm. If healthy embryos develop, one is transferred to the uterus and any remaining embryos can be frozen for later use.