How to transport frozen sperm, eggs or embryos to the Agora

If you wish to transport frozen sperm, eggs or embryos to the Agora from another UK licensed Clinic or from an IVF clinic abroad the process is straightforward and easy. Our dedicated embryologists and couriers will be delighted to assist you with transferring your frozen samples to the Agora for treatment.

What does the process involve?

Following your consultation with a fertility specialist at the Agora you will need to give us your consent for us to initiate the transfer of your frozen samples from another clinic. A written consent via an email is required. The embryologists will contact the clinic where your frozen samples are stored to express your intent. The clinic will then review the documents associated with the frozen samples following acceptance. The process is quick, and your samples could be at The Agora within 2 weeks.

How much does it cost to transport frozen sperm, eggs or embryos?

The Agora Clinic fee to receive the samples (irrespective of how many samples you are transferring) is £120 which includes the first year of storage. The courier has an additional fee to cover the cost of safely transporting the samples, with detailed checks occurring at both clinics to ensure the safety of your samples at all times. It is your responsibility to organise payment to the courier although we will make the introduction.

What if the frozen samples are frozen with a different media than used at the Agora?

Our skilled embryologists are experienced will all systems and warming protocols.

Which couriers do you use?

We use specialised and professional certified couriers with years of experience in transporting frozen samples of sperm, eggs and embryos both within the UK and internationally. These include Kynisi, IVF Couriers and Cryozoom. Their websites have more information including their fees. The embryologists will provide you with the courier contact details.

How does the courier transport the frozen samples?

They use specialised transport containers called dry shippers. They have liquid nitrogen that keeps the samples frozen at a very low temperature (-196C) safely for a few days. The dry shippers are monitored 24/7 and are equipped with alarms. The frozen samples are always accompanied by someone from the courier company to ensure they stay safe.

Where could I find more information?

Please contact one of the embryologists at the Agora laboratory.

Please also refer to HFEA website for more detailed information:

Fertility Preservation Services

Fertility preservation gives you the option of becoming a parent in the future, if you wish. We can freeze eggs, sperm or embryos in a number of different situations.

We have a fast track pathway for oncology patients who are about to undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy and wish to freeze their eggs or sperm to preserve their fertility.

We also help people who are transitioning, as well as people preserving their fertility for social reasons.

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Human Fertilisation Embryo Authority

More information about egg freezing can be found on the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) website.