Frequently asked questions
What’s the best age to freeze my eggs?
When it comes to freezing your eggs, sooner is always better. The younger you are, the better quality your eggs are. As we age, our eggs degrade—slowly at first, and then at light speed by 35. Here are the facts:
- At 20, you have twice as many good eggs as you will at 36
- At 36, you have twice as many good eggs as you will at 39
- At 39, you have twice as many good eggs as you will at 41
We suggest freezing your eggs in your 20s or early 30s.
What’s more important–egg quality or quantity?
Both are important. Not every egg will turn into a viable pregnancy even when you’re young, so it’s important to retrieve and freeze several eggs to increase your chances of having a healthy baby when (and if) you’re ready.
Quality is even more important. The older you are, the lower quality your eggs are. You need a good-quality egg to make a baby.
How many egg retrieval cycles should I plan on?
Many women do one cycle, but the answer depends on you, your goals, how many children you want, your ovarian reserve, your age, and other factors. We suggest booking a fertility assessment to ask for a fertility specialist’s recommendation.
What is involved in the fertility assessment?
During the fertility assessment, your fertility specialist will do some bloodwork to assess your hormone levels including AMH, and an internal ultrasound to check the number of follicles in your ovaries. This will help the specialist predict the number of eggs you’re likely to produce in a cycle.
To get a general picture of your overall fertility, your specialist will also look at your uterus during the ultrasound to see whether it looks healthy enough to carry a baby when you’re ready.
How can I prepare my body for egg freezing?
Generally, a healthy lifestyle will help prepare your body for an egg freezing cycle. We suggest talking to your fertility specialist for specific suggestions, including supplements that may help with egg quality.
What medications will I take? Are there side effects?
Medications used during egg freezing vary based on you and your unique biology. They usually include some combination of the following:
- A synthetic FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) or combination of FSH and LH (luteinizing hormone) that will send your ovaries into superdrive to produce multiple eggs.
- An antagonist hormone that will prevent you from ovulating before your retrieval procedure.
- A “trigger,” injected 36 hours before the retrieval, that tells your body to release the eggs just in time.
Talk to your fertility specialist for more information.
Will the egg collection hurt?
Not at all. You’ll be under general anaesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing. Discomfort when you wake up should also be minimal. You’ll probably experience some bloating or cramping, but it will be gone in a day or two.
How much does egg freezing cost?
Generally, egg freezing costs about AED 20,000-22,000 per cycle including the medications you’ll need. We guarantee that our pricing will match what you’ll find at our partner clinics. No markups here. Visit Our Services for a detailed breakdown.
Does insurance cover egg freezing?
It’s not common for health insurance to cover egg freezing, but for specific questions about coverage, we suggest speaking to your health insurance provider.
Is financing available?
Yes. When you buy an egg freezing package on the Our Services page, you can choose a “Buy Now, Pay Later” option at checkout that will let you split the cost into manageable payments.
Does freezing my eggs guarantee a baby?
Unfortunately, egg freezing doesn’t guarantee a baby, but it dramatically increases your chances. An egg you freeze now, in your 20s or early 30s, has a much better chance of resulting in a healthy birth than an older egg you use fresh later on. The younger you are when you freeze your eggs, the better your chances are. For more information on this, visit Egg freezing 101.
What is the difference between egg freezing and IVF?
There is an overlap between egg freezing and IVF—they have the same initial steps. During egg freezing, you stimulate your ovaries to produce more eggs, retrieve them during a procedure, and freeze them to be used for IVF later. During IVF, the retrieved eggs are fertilized, and the healthiest resulting embryo is transferred into your uterus.At Ovasave we have a dedicated page with resources that explains how the ivf process works to all women be aware and sure about this big decision.
What is the difference between embryo freezing and egg freezing?
Egg freezing involves just freezing your eggs. With embryo freezing, the eggs are fertilised with your husband’s sperm, and the resulting healthy embryos are frozen for use in an IVF cycle when you’re ready.
Will freezing my eggs damage my fertility? Will I still be able to get pregnant naturally?
Freezing your eggs will not impede your fertility in any way. We hope that when and if the time is right for you, you’ll be able to get pregnant naturally. But just in case you can’t, you’ll have your frozen eggs as a backup. Egg freezing buys you options and peace of mind.
What if I have PCOS or endometriosis?
Women with PCOS and endometriosis often freeze their eggs, but the simulation medications used may be a little different. We suggest booking a teleconsultation or a fertility assessment to discuss what egg freezing might look like for you.
Where will my frozen eggs be stored?
Your eggs will be stored in liquid nitrogen tanks in the embryology lab your fertility clinic uses.
What if I want to store my eggs for longer than a year?
Our egg freezing packages include the first year of storage, but most women freezing their eggs want to store them for several years. We make it easy: You can add additional storage from the Ovasave dashboard, or even set up auto-renewal so you don’t need to think about it.
Can single women freeze their eggs in the UAE?
Yes, you can freeze your eggs in the UAE if you are unmarried. Just keep in mind that if you want to use them for IVF in the UAE later, you can do so only with your husband.
How long can I store my frozen eggs in the UAE?
Currently, the law says you can store frozen eggs in the UAE for 10 years.
I’m an expat. Can I take my frozen eggs with me when I leave the UAE?
Yes. If you are an expat, you’ll be able to take your frozen eggs with you when you leave. We can help with shipping. Contact us for details.
I don’t want to store my eggs anymore. Can I donate them?
The UAE does not allow the donation of frozen eggs. If you no longer want to store your eggs, contact us and we’ll help you dispose of them through your clinic.
Can I maintain my physical virginity while freezing my eggs?
A transvaginal ultrasound is usually the clearest and most accurate way to examine your ovaries. Having an ultrasound probe in your cervix will not necessarily damage an intact hymen, but it might. If you wish, after your transvaginal ultrasound and/or your egg collection procedure, your fertility specialist can provide you with a certificate stating the procedures that were performed.
If you prefer, the ultrasound and egg collection procedure can both be done abdominally, but this is less common. During a transabdominal egg collection procedure, the fertility specialist pierces a needle through your abdomen. Contact us to find out which clinics offer this option.