In order to perform egg freezing, the following steps are required:
- Stimulation of the ovaries. This is done through the use of injectable hormonal therapy that works to produce multiple follicles that contain the eggs. The length of time required for this step is 8-12 days and involves monitoring in your own home country through transvaginal ultrasound scans (approximately 3 required).
- Flight to Greece. We require that you fly out for your last scan to our IVF unit.
- Retrieval of the eggs. This is scheduled once the follicles have reached the size required and is performed under light sedation. A needle is passed through a guide that is adjusted on the transvaginal ultrasound probe to puncture each follicle and its contents are aspirated with a suction device. The follicular fluid is examined by our embryologists in the IVF lab for the presence of eggs. The whole process lasts approximately 5-10 minutes and one is ok to walk out of the IVF unit about 1 hour later.
- Egg freezing is performed on the same day through the use of Vitrification. All mature eggs are stored in liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees Celsius.
- Your total stay in Greece is anticipated to be 3-4 days.