Dr Gavin Kemball

A fertility specialist for life

Fertility Preservation

The biggest cause of female infertility is age – specifically, the age of your eggs. You are at your most fertile in your 20s and 30s, but that doesn’t always mean you’re ready to have a family at that age.

So if you are concerned that you want to have a baby in the future, but you haven’t yet met the right partner, you may wish to consider fertility preservation.

Fertility preservation, where eggs or embryos are frozen for later use in an IVF cycle, also allows women undergoing treatment for serious illness, such as cancer, to be confident they can still try to have a baby when they are ready.

How does egg preservation work?

For egg preservation, your eggs will be collected through the same process as an IVF cycle, using a vaginal ultrasound. If you wish to preserve embryos, your eggs are first fertilized with your partner’s or donor’s sperm. They can then be frozen for many years.

We have found that embryos freeze more successfully than eggs, so if you do have a current male partner but do not wish to get pregnant immediately, this may give you a better chance of success later.

If this is something you are interested in, please make an appointment with Dr Kemball to discuss your options.