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Egg Freezing & IVF in the United Kingdom

At Zora Health, you are our top priority. Our panel of experts will guide you through every step of the fertility treatment journey, helping you make informed decisions about your options, expected outcomes, and costs.

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Egg Freezing

Egg freezing, also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to save women’s ability to get pregnant in the future.

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In Vitro Fertilisation

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a procedure used to help with fertility, prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child

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Financing

Spread out the cost of treatment over 12, 24, and 36 months to avoid large upfront payments and reduce financial burden.

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Accessible & affordable fertility care in the United Kingdom

Egg Freezing and IVF in the United Kingdom

If having a baby is your immediate priority, your chances of having a successful pregnancy are extremely high when you get your human fertilisation procedure in the United Kingdom (UK). On the other hand, you are a strong candidate for fertility preservation if you are not yet ready to start a family. You can choose to freeze your eggs and use the thawed eggs at a later time.

 

The country made significant breakthroughs such as fertility treatment and embryo research regulator in 1991, legalising mitochondrial techniques in 2015, and pioneering gene editing research in 2016. Maximise your trip by also enjoying the castles, lakes, and coastal areas in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh.

What Medical Travelers Should Know About the United Kingdom

The UK enjoys the #5 spot in the 2020-2021 Medical Tourism Index. As one of the leading destinations for medical tourism, the UK is most known for its outstanding National Health Service, medical research, and pioneering technology. Although the NHS only serves UK residents, medical tourists can turn to private healthcare centres known for spearheading treatments and technologies, superior services, and renowned medical specialists.

 

In the field of medicine, the UK is where the structure of the DNA was first discovered and where a great number of vaccines were developed. Medical research in British universities has led to many advancements in worldwide healthcare. Among the top centres that cater to medical tourists are The Harley Street Clinic, London and Nuffield Health Hospitals. Medical tourist facilities are accredited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and its equivalent regulation groups in other parts of the UK. Medical standards and practices are monitored by many regulation groups such as the General Medical Council (GMC).

 

To enter the UK as a medical tourist, you must apply for a visa for medical treatment that requires you to submit your local medical diagnosis, an invitation letter from the UK medical facility that details your treatment plans, and proof that you can fund your medical and other expenses during your stay.

 

As a tourist destination, the UK has historic towns and castles alongside sites of natural beauty like the Cotswolds, the Lake District, and Britain’s many coastal paths and beaches. The top three destinations for medical travellers are London, Edinburgh, and Manchester. Major hospitals are within proximity to several accommodation options.

 

Get to know the polite British culture

 

Exercise good manners as it is highly valued in the UK. Politely address your health providers as "Doctor" or Nurse." Many things are frowned upon in the UK such as resting your elbows on the table, acting too familiar, asking personal questions, staring at people, talking very loudly, and interrupting conversations. When communicating, the British would avoid being direct and use terms such as "perhaps" and "possibly" to maintain peace and they tend to conceal the depth of their emotions.

 

The country is constantly filled with tourists so pickpocketing and scamming are common. Do not trust people who come out of nowhere to help you with your luggage and always check your change. Stay on guard because terrorism remains at high risk in the UK. Always remember that the British drive on the left side of the road and be careful before crossing the street.

 

To get around, trams, the metro system, and buses are the top choices, depending on the city you are in. The price of a tram ticket in Manchester depends on the zone you travel to. Tram prices cost almost the same as bus prices. There are 40 airports around the country including domestic airports. The busiest airports are London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and Manchester Airport. Over 200 train stations are accessible for people with wheelchairs.

 

Since the first ‘test-tube baby’—Louise Brown—was born in the UK in 1974, IVF has become widely accepted. Egg freezing has been growing in popularity. Studies show that the number of egg-freezing cycles has more than doubled in the past five years.

 

English is the main language spoken while the regional languages are Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic and Welsh. Other most spoken languages are Polish, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and French.

Benefits of Doing Fertility Treatments in the United Kingdom

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) works double time to increase the chances of successful fertility treatments for more people in the UK. It is also a leading pioneer in fertility treatments. The UK was the first country in the world to start IVF treatment and embryo research regulator in 1991. In 2015, the UK became the first country to have mitochondrial techniques legalised, aiding women who have more risk for any major mitochondrial disease to avoid passing it to their offspring. The UK also introduced gene editing research in 2016.

 

Conventional IVF treatment is available on the National Health Service (NHS) if certain criteria are met. Egg freezing and IVF treatments are available to everyone, including single women and same-sex couples. At the NHS Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre, an NHS hospital, initial diagnostics are free even if the patient does not qualify for NHS-funded IVF. Compensated egg-sharing is also available to help you pay for your ICSI or IVF treatment.

 

Private centres offer many innovations in fertility treatments. ROPA (Reception of Oocytes from the Partner), wherein one partner donates her fresh eggs and the other partner carries the pregnancy, is available for lesbian couples at the IVF London and several other private clinics. The London Women's Clinic has an egg-sharing program where women who donate their fresh eggs get hugely discounted IVF treatment in return.

 

A diagnostic pack that includes the Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) blood test and mock embryo transfer for GBP 400 (USD 510) is available at IVI London. Create Fertility accepts patients who are either NHS-funded or self-funded. Clinical pregnancies per embryo transferred for younger women under 35 are 44% (much higher than the 39% national average) and clinical pregnancies per treatment cycle are 45% for women under 35 (much higher than the 37% national average) at the ABC IVF. At Kind IVF, the pregnancy rate per single embryo transfer is 75% in 2023.

Cost Considerations

According to the NHS website, IVF in the UK may cost up to GBP 5,000 (USD 6,370) per cycle plus additional costs. This can be funded by the NHS after being decided by local integrated care boards. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that natural IVF be offered to women with no children under 43 who have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years or have had 12 cycles of artificial insemination. 

 

Egg freezing typically costs between GBP 4,000 and 4,450 (USD 5080 – 5650) per cycle plus GBP 250 to 350 (USD 320 – 445) per year for storage. When elective, it is not covered by the NHS. However, the NHS may cover some costs of egg freezing for medical reasons. There is no NHS funding for international patients.

Other Considerations Before Starting Your Fertility Treatment in the United Kingdom

IVF

  • IVF is available to anyone, including single people and same-sex couples.
  • A 2022 article in The Guardian mentioned that female same-sex couples will soon be eligible for IVF on the NHS after six cycles of artificial insemination. As of this writing, the NHS website has yet to list same-sex couples among those who are eligible for funding.

 

Egg Freezing

  • Anyone can undergo egg freezing in the UK and can store their eggs for up to 55 years if they re-consent every decade.

 

Donors and Surrogacy

  • Non-commercial surrogacy is legal but not available on the NHS. It is illegal to advertise for surrogates.
  • Either the sperm or the egg can be from a donor, but not both.
  • Sperm from a licensed fertility clinic, a sperm bank, or an acquaintance can be used. 
  • The NHS advise going to a licensed fertility clinic where sperm is adequately checked. 
  • Sperm from a non-licensed fertility clinic can be tested for sexually transmitted diseases at a sexual health clinic.

Why Choose the United Kingdom for Your Fertility Treatment

The United Kingdom ranks at the fifth coveted spot in the 2020-2021 Medical Tourism Index. It is where the DNA structure was first discovered and where many vaccines have been developed. Facilities that cater to medical travellers have received accreditation from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and its counterparts in other parts of the UK.

 

This high standard extends to fertility clinics, especially in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh. Many offer Reception of Oocytes from the Partner (ROPA), egg-sharing programs where you can get IVF treatment at a huge discount, and diagnostic packages complete with blood tests. On top of that, successful pregnancy rates in top private clinics are much higher than the national average.

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"I love Zora Health for their simple, transparent pricing. It was a relief not to worry about unexpected fees or hidden costs. They made the entire process stress-free and easy to understand, which allowed my husband and I to focus on what mattered most - my family's future."

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"I couldn't believe that I can choose my own doctor and enjoy extra benefits for the same price."

"I had a preferred doctor overseas that my girl friends recommended. He is part of Zora’s clinic network, but I was interested in Zora’s support and perks. After speaking to Zora, they assured me I wouldn’t pay extra. Zora managed the whole process - from personalised guidance to answering my queries about legalities."

Nina, 32, Single
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"The financing options lifted a huge weight off my shoulders."

"Zora’s instalment plans were a true lifesaver. I was so grateful for their flexible and affordable options. I have been thinking about preserving my eggs as a form of “insurance” but didn’t want to pay a big lump sum upfront as I am saving for a house. The instalment plan helps me manage my finances better.”

Elaine, 32
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"I never felt alone in my fertility journey."

"After failing previously, we were very anxious and were not sure what to expect. They guided us through the process and cared for us every step of the way. My treatment at the clinic was long, and sometimes it was emotionally draining, but having a fertility coach made us feel better and more prepared. As busy professionals, we appreciate the convenience of scheduling appointments through Zora. I have recommended Zora to all our friends."

Ying & Drew, 37 & 41

You deserve the very best.

That's why we’re here to support you — from the first consultation all the way to egg storage and pregnancy.

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Enjoy an Introductory Call With a Zora Health Care Advocate

Let’s get to know you to better advise you about the process of egg freezing in Singapore and Malaysia, the costs involved as well as the rules and regulations. 

 

We’ll answer any questions you might have, so you have no doubts moving forward. 

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Benefit From the Flexibility to Choose Your Doctor or Ours

We truly understand how important it is to find a doctor you are comfortable with for your egg freezing journey. 

Whether you already have someone in mind or prefer our team to recommend an appropriate specialist and clinic, we’re here to help. 

We will also provide you with a list of questions to ask during your consultation, ensuring that you would be fully prepared for it to maximize your time.

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Attend Fertility Tests & Reviews

Your specialist will review your goals, medical history, and perform the necessary tests. We will then schedule a review and discuss your proposed fertility plan.

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Start Freezing Your Eggs Worry-Free

Rest assured that our team will provide a white-glove concierge service at every stage of your fertility journey, no matter if you’re freezing your eggs in Singapore, Malaysia, or at any of our clinics around the world.