Freezing of women's unfertilized eggs
Social egg freezing
Social freezing is the freezing of women's eggs for the purpose of preserving or extending the fertile period.
Social freezing is legal at private fertility clinics (www.retsinformation.dk)
The treatment can be offered to women who have a low egg reserve which is assessed by ultrasound scanning and measurement of the Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH).
Women do not produce new eggs during their lifetime and use only the eggs with which they were born.
Some women are born with a high egg reserve and others with a smaller one. As the years go by, the egg reserve falls.
Social freezing may be relevant to women who wish to postpone pregnancy and have the option of trying to conceive at a later date.
There is an age-related relationship between the quality of the eggs and the chance of the treatment being successful. Social Freezing should therefore rarely be offered to women over 40 years of age.
In Denmark, the unfertilized and frozen eggs must be kept by the private clinic for up to 5 years.
For prices and details of the treatment - see the clinic's price list.