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When is IVF recommended?

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SammyL100 Fri 16-Dec-16 09:42:33


I am a bit confused so hope you can help. I am 39, got pregnant after 3 months of ttc but unfortunately had a mmc at 12 weeks.

We are trying again but I am confused as to when IVF is an option. Is it only when ttc is difficult? If we don't concieve after 6 months is that when the dr would recommend? I've also heard of older ladies turning to IVF after 2 or 3 mcs which again I am a bit confused by.

Please forgive my ignorance but I am trying to plan for every eventuality so am thinking whether we need to save or not.

Hope you can help.

katieferg81 Fri 16-Dec-16 11:21:58

I can't answer your question as such but my situation is 3 and a half years ttc went to the doctors after ttc for 2 years had to do initial blood tests and SA all came back normal so was ref to hospital have had to do further blood tests, SA, an ultrasound, a HSG, a laproscopy and hycosy these appts have been spread out over the last year and a half and as each procedure hasn't shown a particular problem we've moved onto the next procedure. The last operation was the laproscopy which found a hydrosalpinx so I've a follow up appt in Jan and I think in Jan they will suggest removing the affected fallopian which will mean another operation and likely another 12 week plus waiting list and then I imagine they'll want to see if that resolves our infertility if not maybe then IVF will be suggested as in the last year and a half as hospital patients it has never been suggested as they need to take all the initial steps first.
Sorry I've rambled on but what I'm trying to say is I don't think there is a specific timescale as it will be different case by case.

SammyL100 Fri 16-Dec-16 12:32:49

Thank you for replying Katie. Very informative.

It seems every journey is different. I know the advice I've been given is to keep trying but it is just a case of understanding what can help and when.

Blueroses99 Fri 16-Dec-16 13:29:38

I'm sorry for your loss. I think you are right to keep trying as as you fell pregnant fairly quickly, and there's nothing to say that won't happen again. IVF can address some of the causes of recurrent miscarriage - but it needs to be 3 or more before investigating I believe. It might've worth confirming the eligibility for IVF on the NHS in your area and if you fall within their criteria. IVF is obviously expensive if you have to pay but you might not need it based on what you've said. Good luck

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