What ProFaM Offers
The source of a woman’s fertility is the ovary. The cause of the menopause is the declining function of the ovary. The ovary contains the eggs and produces the hormones necessary for a successful conception.
As a woman ages the quality and number of eggs decline and eventually the supply ends, resulting in cessation of hormone production and thereby introducing the menopause.
ProFaM offers the opportunity to preserve some of your ovarian tissue for your future use.
Your preserved ovarian tissue can be used in the future for the availability of eggs should you need them, or simply to provide your own, natural hormones to delay the onset of the menopause. Using ProFaM may enable you to maintain your pre-menopausal state of health and wellbeing for an additional 10 or 20 years.
For NHS patients, the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust will be working with ProFaM to use technology ProFaM has developed for the treatment of NHS cancer patients eligible for ovarian tissue cryopreservation. Women choosing to freeze their ovarian tissue will be under the expert care of Mr Yousri Afifi, Consultant Gynaecologist at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
Fees (Private/Self-Pay patients)
The fees will be determined by each patient’s individual circumstance and preferences, which will range from 'opportunistic' ovarian tissue cryopreservation (so called as the tissue is obtained opportunistically during another operation) to ‘planned’ that requires specific surgery to remove ovarian tissue. Hence the fees will be from £2890 for 'opportunistic' (patients already having surgery) or from £6000 for primary standard care (exclusive surgery). Prices depend on individual patient circumstances and the chosen hospital site.