Egg freezing, a technique originally developed top protect the fertility of women undergoing various medical procedures which could damage their ovaries (such as cancer treatment) is now increasingly used by women wishing to preserve their fertility for a range of other reasons. Our own research with the University of Copenhagen has shown that an increasing number of women wish to plan to have their children later in life, and that they see egg freezing as part of their planning.
For women who know that they are likely to wish to conceive after 40, we would recommend egg freezing at younger ages as an excellent option to improve their chances of successful conception.
Since we know that a woman’s fertility declines with age, egg freezing enables a woman to attempt conception at later ages with younger, healthier eggs. It also allows women, who might be anxious about reaching the end of their reproductive years without having found the right partner to have a family with, to buy themselves some extra time by preserving their current fertility.
Meet the Fertility for the Over-40s team
Our dedicated Fertility for the Over-40s team includes specialists in fertility, gynaecology, obstetrics and genetics.
Professor Nick Macklon, Medical Director
Professor Macklon is a world-renowned expert in reproductive medicine. He has held professorships at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, the University of Southampton and the University of Copenhagen - where he is currently based. He is co-founder of the Complete Fertility Centre clinic in Southampton, and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Society of Human Reproduction.
Dr Shailaja Nair, Deputy Clinical Director
Dr Nair has more than 20 years experience in fertility and assisted reproduction. She worked as Associate Professor in a large teaching hospital and at the Cromwell IVF programme before joining the LWC in 1993. Dr Nair has extensive experience in all aspects of assisted conception, with a special interest in the egg-sharing and gamete donation programmes.
Mr Michael Summers, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine
A graduate of King’s College, Cambridge Mr Summers completed his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine followed by a Clinical Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is certified by both the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ACOG) as well as on the GMC Specialist Register as a Consultant in Reproductive Medicine. His special interests include IVF, embryo culture, embryo implantation and pre-implantation genetic diagnostics, areas of research in which he has published extensively.
Dr Mona Rahmati, Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist
Dr Rahmati graduated and completed her training in Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine in Rene Descartes - Paris V University. Before joining the team in 2015, she was a consultant in Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital and Bluets Hospital in Paris. Her special areas of interest are recurrent implantation failure and recurrent miscarriage.
Professor Alan Handyside, Consultant in Pre-implantation Genetics
Professor Handyside is a leading scientist in human embryology and the genetics of early human development having pioneered the development of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and Genetic Embryo Testing for chromosome aneuploidy - two groundbreaking techniques for identifying genetic abnormality and for assisting embryo selection. He supports team in all aspects of patient care and continues to lead important developments in embryo assessment.
Mr Ruwan Wimalasundera, Medical Director
Mr Ruwan Wimalasundera is Medical Director of the London Ultrasound Centre and Head of Obstetrics at the world renowned University College London Hospital (UCLH). He manages all aspects of pregnancy and delivers at UCLH and the Portland Hospital.