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Sounds like a silly question


I’ve recently had two rounds of egg donation,which were negative results. I had an appointment at the endocrine clinic a few weeks ago and asked if he could check my AMH levels as I can’t ever remember getting them checked.

My results came back as 4.0 my Fsh level was 43.

I know I’ve got POF (early menopause)

The question is does anyone know if I would be able to have standard IVF with them results?

No one has ever suggested it at the clinic but wanted to know if it could be done.

It sounds like a silly question to ask after having the egg donation.

Thank you

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Hi Ladyluck,

I'm sorry to hear about the two failed EDs, were the doctors able to explain you why they didn't work?

I'm POF too (35y.o) and my AMH is 0.7. NHS in London refused to help me last May so we decided to try 1 monitored natural cycle and 1 ICSI with a private clinic. Neither worked unfortunately (the 2 eggs retrieved didn't fertilised) but at least I had the chance to try.

NHS unfortunately doesn't have enough founds to help POF patients to conceive and it's very sad after all them taxes we pay anyway via our payslips. They could only offer me a quite invasive laparoscopy to see if natural conception was affected also by other issues.

I can't mention here the name of the clinic we went but I would recommend it, I searched for ivf clinics in London that treat POF patients.

Good luck x


Hi, I’m 38 and have AMH lower than yourself. Starting when I was 34, I have had 4 rounds of ICSI using my own eggs. I had the highest dose of Gonal F first time round and had a hugely disappointing one egg! Subsequently was switched to highest dose of Menopur with Luveris for rounds 2,3 and 4. Highest no of eggs collected was only 5. I did manage to get to embryo transfer each time but never achieved a pregnancy.

Given my low response to the drugs and the fact I’m not getting any younger, we have decided to use donor eggs for our next cycle in January. It’s our last attempt and we felt this route would increase our chances of conceiving.

So sorry to hear that your last two treatments were not a success.

It seems like I’m at the beginning of a road you’ve already travelled. If you don’t mind me asking, How did you find treatment as a donor recipient? x


Hi Dunla,

Sorry for late reply, sounds like you’ve had a bumpy ride on the fertility rollercoaster too.

Can I ask what is ICSI is?

At the clinic I go to they only ever said to have egg donor treatment.

In the beginning when they told me that I had just been informed that I had POF. So having to have a donor egg was the last thing I wanted to hear and said “no”. It took me about 2 years to accept that this was going to be the only way for us to have children and give birth.

I look at it now as how can it not be your child, it’s growing inside you, using your blood supply Feeding off you. For a long time I had this thing of thinking it’s not going to look like me. How many children look like their parents. We mould our children into us, teach them values, morals and they copy your actions all through their lifetime. And of course when your donor child is 18 they can look for their donor parents. I thought that I would of loved to meet her if I had a positive outcome as I would of thanked her for giving me the gift of a lifetime x

Sorry went on a bit, they do match you quite well and you don’t have to always take the first one if it doesn’t feel right x


Hi, thanks so much for your reply. Yes it has been a bumpy road. Like you it has taken me a long time to come to terms with using an egg donor, for the same reasons you mention. I also agree with you fully with regards to the baby feeling like my own child. I know there will be issues to deal with as they grow up but I know I will love them unconditionally, genetic link or not. I think nurture definitely outweighs nature.

I’m sorry you haven’t a positive outcome given that you had made the brave decision to follow the donor egg route. It is also a huge financial drain, it is so expensive.

ICSI is basically IVF. It’s where the egg is injected directly with the sperm. It’s used when there is male factor infertility as well such as low sperm count or poor motility etc. I’m not sure if this is relevant for you and your partner.

We have selected a donor at this stage and things are getting underway next Thursday. Was in contact with clinic today making arrangements and am happy to say I am feeling excited and really positive about the weeks ahead.

Hope you can maybe discuss the possibility of IVF using your own eggs with your clinic in the near future to help you reach a decision about future treatment options xx


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