Fertility preservation and storage
We have a fast track pathway for oncology patients who are about to undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy and wish to freeze their eggs or sperm to preserve their fertility. We make sure that you see our egg freezing consultant within 24 hours of contacting us to discuss fertility preservation and storage.
For women, the egg freezing process takes between 12 and 14 days from the day of starting ovarian stimulation up to egg collection. We have developed our own protocols over the last 15 years to make sure that the stimulation process starts without delay, regardless of the day of your cycle, and to significantly minimize the risks of any potential side effects so that there is no unnecessary delay in starting your chemotherapy. It is critical for such a service to be available 7 days a week. We are the only fertility centre in London with both consultant and operating cover 7 days a week.
For men, the sperm can be frozen on the same day. We also provide services for alternative methods of sperm collection should a patient have difficulty producing sperm, including PESAs. We can again accommodate these on the same day they are requested.
CRGH has the largest frozen egg bank in the UK and excellent success rates using frozen eggs. CRGH continues to have a high number of live births in the UK using frozen eggs. One of our consultants can give a talk to your oncology team on the subject of egg freezing for oncology patients if that would be helpful.