‘Freezing my eggs helped me cope with my mum’s death and my breakup – now I’m empowered and in control of my future’

A woman who has frozen her eggs to increase her chances of having a baby later in life wants to encourage others to consider the option.

Charlotte Moodey, 36, from Notting Hill was forced to consider her options when her life took a dramatic turn last year.

Her life was set up in Sydney, Australia, with her long term boyfriend – but everything changed when her mum was diagnosed with cancer.

Charlotte’s life became difficult – she decided to move home to be closer to her family, where her mum sadly passed away in February 2021, and her long term relationship came to an end.

“I thought I was going to have a baby with him,” Charlotte explained, “I’m sure many girls my age have been through this, especially in the pandemic.”

Charlotte believes egg freezing is a great option for women who aren’t ready for children, but want the option later

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In her mid 30s, Charlotte was suddenly forced to look at her life in a way she hadn’t before – she started to reflect on what she wanted for the future.

Charlotte turned to CARE Fertility’s London clinic for help and decided to have her eggs frozen.

“I just wanted to invest to know that I have something in the bank for if I meet someone when I’m older and want to have a baby with them,” Charlotte explained.

“I’m dating in London, and I don’t want to rush into anything. I don’t want to pick a man just to have a baby with, I want to make sure it’s the right person.”

According to pregnancy charity Tommy’s, fertility in women decreases with age, particularly after the age of 35, because both the number and quality of eggs gets lower.

Around four out of 10 women aged 40 will conceive within one year of trying, compared to around seven out of 10 for women aged 30.

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Charlotte wants to continue living her life to the full without having to worry about fertility

Charlotte told MyLondon: “35 isn’t the same age that it used to be. I feel 25, but my body isn’t 25.

“We think eggs are going to last forever – they don’t, and that’s the sad thing. I can still enjoy my life knowing I’ve got those eggs in the bank for when I need them.

“I don’t want a baby now, but I know I want one one day. This is giving me the best chance, and you may never need to use them.”

Egg freezing does not offer an 100% guarantee of a successful pregnancy, and results depend on a number of individual factors including the quality of the frozen eggs.

However, CARE Fertility believes freezing the recommended number of 20 eggs provides a “high and realistic” chance of having a baby in the future.

Charlotte’s eggs were frozen through CARE Fertility’s artificial intelligence enhanced programme, which uses AI technology to assess the quality and potential of eggs.

The standard price for egg collection and freezing at CARE Fertility is £4,275, with a £390 annual charge for storage.

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CARE Fertility also offers their EGGSafe scheme for £7,225 which enables women under the age of 36, who meet medical criteria, to collect and freeze up to 20 eggs over two years.

Charlotte explained that the process was “plain sailing” for her: “You have a consultation with the doctor and they take a scan and a blood test. These show what sort of fertility level you’re at.

“With that scan and blood test, and then they review the results and see what dose of medication you need for your cycle to give you the best outcome.

“When you get your period, you then start injections which last for 12 days. After 12 days, you have a two day break and then you come for your egg collection and then it’s finished.

“So it’s a two week process. It doesn’t take time out of your life, your work, I felt totally normal during the process. I just want to make women aware that it’s very easy, no side effects really.

“The doctors and the nurses are fabulous at CARE, you’ve always got contact with them and it feels like a very personalised cycle. I felt very supported emotionally and medically – I would urge anyone to do it.”

Later in Charlotte’s life, if she isn’t able to conceive naturally, her eggs can be thawed, fertilised with her partner’s sperm, and then implanted.

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Charlotte recognises that the process has been an investment, but said it has definitely been worth it: “I invest in my hair and my skin. Why would I not invest in my fertility?

“The first advice I’d give is to come for the consultation with the doctor, because what I fear is women think, ‘I’ll be fine – my friend got pregnant at 38, so I’ll be fine.’ And it isn’t always the case. You just don’t know.

“The best thing any woman can do is go and get checked, and see what her body is doing and see if she needs to act on it.”

Charlotte would like to encourage any women looking for advice to reach out to her on Instagram @cmoodey20

For more information on CARE Fertility or to book a consultation, click here

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