Hi Robbie, just wanted to say that I went for donor eggs when I was 45 as 2 London clinics advised there was a very low chance of successwith my own eggs less than 1 per cent they said.
So maybe still consider donor eggs - I think some of the literature can make it sound scary by clinics offering counselling for it, but I saw it as an amazing chance rather than thinking of the drawbacks (took a few weeks to think like that though).
Also, cost-wise, we went to Czech Republic, prices very reasonAble. And they sometimes offer embryo adoption, I.e. using frozen embryos from other women they have treated, a much less costly option than full ivf.
Robbie, hi. I think Andcake's advice is excellent. Get thoroughly checked out before spending money on ivf.
In terms of inexpensive routes, although I had no luck with them myself, and wouldn't recommend for younger women, Create specialize in natural ivf for older women, and have a good success rate for women in their 40s. It's much cheaper than normal ivf but I would have three or more goes at it because it's only collecting one egg each cycle, and sometimes that egg won't fertilise or whatever.
If you want to think about abroad, Serum in Athens is supposed to be excellent and again treats a lot of older women.
I think your first port of call should be getting some basic fertility tests done fsh, afc etc to see what chances you have. You may be a rare beast who has good fertility for a 49 year old. I had some tests at Bridge and lister but basically was told at 37 I had v poor chances. I later found success naturally. If you still have periods it might be that iui rather than I've might give you a few more chances if you have low egg quantity but are still ovulating. Egg quality will also be an issue with age so ASAP I would start looking at your diet etc so that when you have a paid for procedure your eggs are in good shape. Zinc, vit d, omega's etc.
Ive written a lot recently on these forums as Im in a dilemma about giving one go of having a round of IVF , Ive never tried despite being almost 49. I know the chances are miniscule but can anyone please poss recommend any clinics in London which may be cheaper as costs are a problem for me. Also know any reputable places abroad -India, Spain or Portugal in particular ?
ANY advice on any of this -even the process itself -given my age-is highly welcome. Im very much at my utter last chance and need all the help I can get. (Ive considered egg donation etc but am not comfortable about the psychological affects of using someones eggs-whom I dont know..) Many thanks! Robbie