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What egg freezing involves

Embryologist interview

Here we meet Kalliope again, this time not telling her own story, but talking about her scientific work at a busy London fertility clinic, where she serves as the Deputy Head of Embryology.

Kalliope describes what happens when a women undergoes egg freezing, what the procedure involves. She also talks about her role as an embryologist in the laboratory, where she is the one that handles the eggs once outside the body of the woman.

When discussing the statistics of egg freezing, it’s important to distinguish the chances of an egg surviving the freezing process, which can be as high as 90 per cent, from the chance of a successful pregnancy, which is at most 50-60 per cent.

For your discussion: If you have personal experience with egg freezing, either for medical or ‘social’ reasons, or you know someone who has – and you feel comfortable sharing that experience – do tell us what you thought about it. If not, are there other questions you would want to put to someone like Kalliope?

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