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AMH of 7.7 at only 22 years old..

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Svm1994 Thu 11-May-17 22:21:11

Hi all,

I've never done a thread before so please bear with me. I had a laparoscopy and dye, hysteroscopy and the mirena coil fitted just yesterday due to my gynaecologist finding endometriosis. He said when looking he 'didn't like the look of my ovaries' as they seemed small, had fatty deposits and one tube was also blocked. I have been informed today that my AMH is only 7.7 which has left me devastated. At only 22 with the dream of having children in the next few years I feel my dreams have been shattered in the matter of hours. Me and my partner of 3 years have now come to the conclusion that our only option is to have the coil removed and begin trying in case we miss our chance as egg freezing is way out of our price range.

Looking for some advice and anyone who has been in the same situation.

Thank you in advance.

JoJoSM2 Fri 12-May-17 09:34:55

flowers What a situation to find yourself in... Have a hug. I suppose it's also lucky that you've got a partner who is willing to try for a baby - at least you'll know that you've tried. Also, given your age, you have a good chance of having fantastic eggs. And don't dwell on the egg freezing- the chances of having eggs frozen, thawed and actually achieving a baby is very low (like 1 or 5% or something like that). Have fun trying grin

Fishface199 Fri 12-May-17 10:21:27

Please don't lose hope!!

I know you are probably reeling from the news but there is hope. There are medical treatments available. I will recall what my gynaecologist said to me " single biggest predictor of IVF success is a womans age".
If you do go for medical treatment like IVF (you may be eligible for a NHS funded cycle) any eggs that will be retrieved are likely to be fantastic quality and much more likely to lead to a live birth.

There are stories here of olderwomen with AMH lower than yours having success from IVF first time.

I know this must be tough but at least you have found out your situation now when you are so young and can take steps to address the situation.

Best of luck!

JoJoSM2 Fri 12-May-17 10:24:18

Speaking of IVF - if you were thinking of having children later, it might be possible to have ivf, freeze your embryos and have them put back in a few years' time.

Chattycat78 Fri 12-May-17 11:03:26

Sorry to hear this. However- it's great that you know now rather than when you're 35.

I think the above suggestion about freezing embryos now is the way I would go. Your eggs are likely to be great right now. Even if you don't have that many.

Ps my amh was 2.8 age 34. I've been pregnant 3 times and had 2 live births since then.

Svm1994 Fri 12-May-17 18:56:54

Thank you all for your replies!

I don't suppose you know if there's much chance of me conceiving naturally with an AMH of 7.7? We have booked to have the coil removed, and I'm wondering if falling quite quick could be a possibility after my laparoscopy (I had the endometriosis scraped away and basically my gynaecologist explained it as a MOT). Or am I likely to only have luck with IVF?

Myself and my partner wanted children around 26 anyway as we have a stable home and both are lucky to have good jobs, and being nearly 23 and my partner 24 the age is not an issue and we are happy to bring it forward.

Apologies for my lack of knowledge, I have never looked into any of this until now.

Fishface199 Fri 12-May-17 19:54:33

Yep I have heard many women older than you conceive naturally with AMH of 5 or 4. Author Jean Twenge had AMH of 5, I believe and conceived naturally at 39.She wrote a book An Impatient Womens Guide to Getting Pregnant. My AMH was the same as yours and I also conceived naturally after 3 months (I had a mmc but that was more likely to do with my advanced age 39)

Our very own Chattycat conceived naturally too and gave birth with a lower AMH (hope its ok to mention Cat)! So yes is entirely possible to conceive naturally.

Chattycat78 Fri 12-May-17 21:04:22

Yes- I conceived naturally at 34 with an amh of 2.8. Sadly that didn't work out. However, almost 2 years later, age 36, I conceived naturally after trying for only 1 month (I had a 9 month old baby conceived by ivf). I have no idea what my amh was by that point.

So yes- it's totally possible to get pregnant and quickly with low amh. All low amh means is you have less eggs. You only ovulate one egg a month anyway naturally, so you only have to catch one.

Svm1994 Fri 12-May-17 21:55:26

Thank you so much for your positive stories! It seems that this has been the only thing to make me feel better, knowing that there is definitely hope. My doctor has said there is no telling how quickly my AMH will fall over the next couple of years, but early menopause is inevitable. But again, by reading sites and forums it seems this is not always the case.

I suppose I will just let nature take its course for the next few months and see what happens. (And I hope I find £6000 for egg freezing in the meantime!)

JoJoSM2 Fri 12-May-17 22:58:02

I think it might be worth your partner g thing a semen analysis just to make sure. I'd also take supplements- who knows, might just help. Good luck!

Svm1994 Sat 13-May-17 09:26:50

JoJoSM2,

What supplements would you recommend? I'm taking vitamin D and calcium already for a condition called Ehlers Danlos.

Thanks smile

Nan0second Sat 13-May-17 09:31:16

Amh is only a predictor about how likely ivf is to be successful. It is not a predictor about spontaneous conception. It also varies greatly day to day.
If relationship is stable, finances and home ok and endometriosis has been cleared then you should ttc like everyone else for a year. If no luck then you are young and that is the best predictor of ivf success (and of natural conception!)

Nan0second Sat 13-May-17 09:32:15

Ps embryo freezing far better than egg freezing as stated above!

JoJoSM2 Sat 13-May-17 16:32:50

Svn1994, not a doctor to be recommending anything lol I think that normally you'd be taking folic acid and Omega 3. Other than that opinions are divided. Personally, DH and I have gone with Profertil for men and women. They are pretty/very expensive but have proven to make a difference in clinical studies. I have also noticed that they've made my luteal phase 1-2 days longer and my lining is now 'award-winning' (doctor's words) - I think the supplements have definitely contributed. I distrust the usual, cheaper multivitamins found in Boots, as I was taking those through winter and still ended up with abysmal levels of vitamin D.

WhereTheFuckIsElsa Sat 13-May-17 16:37:09

Don't despair
Mine was a bit over 0 - one ovary totally shut down- and got pregnant instantly for the second one after a really healthy detox diet... It's quality not quantity that counts!

amhjoke Mon 05-Jun-17 19:14:36

Sad to see how many people are still deluded into thinking that AMH is some kind of significant measure in young women. In my case, I had undetectable AMH at age 33. I had a baby at 35 and am currently 3 1/2 months pregnant with my second at age 38. Yes, it look me tons of IUI rounds since I am a single woman. At the same time, quality is what matters. You only need one good egg.

farfallarocks Tue 13-Jun-17 22:57:41

I too think amh can be a bit panic inducing, I had normal fsh, 8, 10 etc but a rock bottom amh, less than 1 at 34. I cried
For a week when I found out. Ivf was a disaster in that I just didn't respond
To huge quantities of drugs. However despite a few
Miscarriages I conceived naturally twice, took a year to a year and a half each time. Good luck, age is most definitely on your
Side.

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