TTC with Endo

Hi! When I was 26 years old, I was diagnosed with a large cyst on my left ovary. I had a surgery and it was removed together with the ovary. I still have the right one, so it’s quite possible for me to get pregnant. My DH and I have been TTC for 2 years, but we’re still childless. My doctor says that I might have a low ovarian reserve. My AMH test has shown a low oocytes level. He suggests DE IVF. I still hesitate whether to do it or continue TTC naturally… What do you think about my situation?

P.S. I know that DE IVF may be the right solution, but it’s really hard for me to agree to do it. I really want to conceive naturally. I started to take some vitamins and work out regularly to enhance my health condition. As far as I know, herbal medicines may also help. (I haven’t tried anything yet). Is there anybody here who has problems with fertility? How did you manage to conceive?


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7 Replies

  • Hello. My AMH was only 4 and I only have 1 ovary too (left removed due to endo). I had my first cycle of ivf in January and I got 7 eggs all mature and 6 fertilised.

    Even if you do need ivf you can try first with your own eggs before moving on to a donor.

    Good luck x

  • If I were in your shoes, I would combine both things. You may spend some time on ttc naturally. It’s great that you started to keep to a healthy diet and work out regularly. In such way, you may enhance your health condition and boost up your fertility. Sometimes, miracles do happen. You may also consult several more REs and ask them test you’re your eggs. Did you do any hormone tests?

  • I think you should follow the advice hellsbells36 has given you. As far as I know, a surgery can cause some harm to the ovarian reserve. However, you may try with your own eggs. My sister used to have DE IVF several years ago. She had a poor ovarian reserve. Firstly, they tried an IVF with her own eggs. However, her body didn’t give any good respond, so she decided to do a DE IVF. Now she’s a mum of a little baby angel.

  • Hi, ladies. Thanks for your posts. They’ve become a real help for me. For me, DE IVF is only one of the ways to get pregnant. As far as I know, it may be more effective than a simple IVF. This is the main reason why I’ve got interested in it. AutomnOfLife, could you please tell me how your sister has chosen the right clinic to deal with? There are quite a lot of fertility clinics, so it’s quite difficult to make the right choice…

  • Hi, OP! I’m in the same boat like you. I had large cysts on my right and left ovaries. They were rather big and caused me some pain. I had a surgery and they were removed. I got rid of the pain, but I wasn’t able to conceive for nearly 5 years after the surgery. I consulted RE and she advised me to do DE IVF. I managed to conceive after the first shot. While choosing the clinic, I would recommend you to pay attention to three things: their success rates, the package of services they offer and prices. Good luck in your DE IVF journey! Xxx

  • Hi, violaceous! Nice to meet you, hun. Could please tell me the way the clinic chose an egg donor for you? Did they test her?

    P.S. I know that a woman need to be at least 18-25 year old to become as an egg donor. She must be totally healthy to be accepted as an egg donor. I also know that oocytes of women who have already become mums are considered to be the most qualitative ones.

  • Yes, of course, all reputable clinics test women who are willing to become egg donors. They need to be sure that they are really healthy to share their eggs. I donated an egg from a 23 year old woman. She was a mum of a two–year old girl. I could see her health tests in her profile. The clinic also paid attention to her heredity and checked her parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles to make sure that they don’t have any hereditary diseases. This is the way the clinic chose egg donor for us.

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