Egg Freezing (Cryopreservation)
The Fertility Clinic Basel is pleased to provide the “Egg Freezing” method – a new prospect for family planning. Feel free to read the following information, or download the full brochure by clicking here.
Why should you preserve your eggs?
Do you want children, but have not found the right match just yet? Or perhaps you are feeling pressured by your “biological clock”? It is fully possible to collect your own eggs and to freeze them, so they can be preserved and used when you feel ready to start a family through fertility treatment.
Who is egg freezing best suited for?
Egg freezing is an optimal solution if you;
- are a single woman desiring to have children;
- are sick and unfortunately need for medical reasons (for example, cancer or autoimmune disease) chemotherapy in the near future;
- suffer from a benign disease that progressively diminishes your ovarian function (for example, endometriosis);
- oppose embryo freezing due to ethical reasons.
Additionally, women under the age of 35 that decide to freeze their eggs have smaller risks of miscarriage or Trisomy 21 than through natural pregnancy or with reproductive assistance at a later age.
How does the egg freezing process work?
In the beginning of the therapy process, your ovaries are stimulated with hormonal injections, in order to be able to withdraw the maximum number of eggs possible. Two weeks after the therapy begins, your eggs are withdrawn and then frozen. In Switzerland, your eggs can be frozen for up to 10 years. When you decide the time is right to become pregnant, your eggs can be thawed and fertilized with your partner’s sperm. Afterwards, the emerging embryo will be placed in the uterus.
The chances to become pregnant depend on your age, when your eggs were collected, and the number of healthy eggs. At Fertility Clinic Basel, we will individually discuss your chances with you and tailor your treatment to optimize your chances. Furthermore, the younger the woman is at the moment of the egg retrieval, the higher the chance for one or more babies.
What is the cost of egg freezing?
At the Fertility Clinic Basel, the total cost of one cycle never exceeds SFr 5500.- (including anesthetist, medications, and freezing).
For the fertilization process later on (through IVF or ICSI) the maximum cost for de-freezing cycles Sfr 3400.