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Low AMH

Hi all

I am hoping that you can offer some advice or support. My husband and I have been ttc for 2 years. We have undergone lots of tests and we initially thought that The fertility issue was with my husband. We have started our nhs funded ivf process and had our initial consultation on Monday. We found out that the issue is actually with me and my husband is completely fine. We have found out that I have a low amh Reading of 5.6 where they would expect it to be 20 plus for my age (I’m 34). We are just awaiting our next appt so we can start our treatment and get my medication ordered. The process can’t happen quick enough. I am completely heartbroken and devastated by this news. I worry about how many eggs and good quality ones they will be able to get from me. My mind is racing and I am so frightened that we may never be given the opportunity to have children of our own. I have started to do fertility yoga and take pregnacare conception. I eat a healthy diet.

The clinic are talking about a long protocol starting on day 21 and stronger doses of the medication. Anyone had any experience of low amh and how did you get on with ivf? Did you have a good egg collection and success rate?

I am learning things I never knew existed before 😜

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Lots of people try ubiquinol supplements to help egg quality, might be worth looking into? I got mine on amazon x

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Can you take them without a doctor recommending them?

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Yes it’s just a micro nutrient

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Thank you I will look into it

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Hi JoJo

I’m 31 and me and partner have been trying for a couple of years when we decided last year to get some tests done. My partner is absolutely fine. And the problem was with me. My AMH levels are low for my age of a grand total of 6.1. I was devastated. Whilst I was losing the weight to qualify for ivf I was put on clomid and whilst doing that they did scans and blood tests and discovered that I wasn’t ovulating either so IVF was the best option. I was put on the higher dose of medication for the short protocol for IVF. (My first go on IVF) And when I went for egg collection they managed to collect 7 eggs in which they managed to fertilise 4 of them. One was put back on Transfer day but the others (which I hoped would be able to freeze them but they weren’t viable to freeze.) and I’m now 14 weeks and 1 day pregnant after my first attempt on IVF xxx

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What a lovely outcome. Hearing your good news and positive outcome has made me feel so much better. What lovely news. I bet you can’t believe it. I just needed to hear good news stories like yours as I am feeling very lost atm. Hopefully I will feel better once I have had my nurses appointment and they have ordered my meds. Were you frightened going into the ivf process at all? X

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I was frightened and nervous to begin with because I didn’t know what to expect throughout the process. I really can’t believe it and to work on first time. Xxx

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That’s such lovely news. I am so pleased for you. I guess going into ivf you always question whether you will be one of the success stories. X

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I found myself questioning myself whether it would work or not and try and find the positivity to get through it xxx

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Whao! This encouraged me a lot. Wishing you all the best.

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Thank you. Xx

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Hi Jojo, just to give you hope and tell you not to worry too much about your amh level. It is not the sole factor that determines the egg quality or quantity. I had a low reading of 5.1 and managed to get 13 eggs, all of which were mature and made top quality embryos. So it honestly can happen. Good luck x

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Thank you. Just what I needed to hear. Makes me feel so much better. X

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I also have low Amh. .was 4.6 in June 2016 so dread to think what it is now. read the book it starts with egg. I got micronized dhea and this helped my egg quality I am sure of it..read some threads on here about dhea as there are lots of them. I also took Coq10 too. lots of ladies on here with low Amh fall pregnant so try to stay hopeful. the treatment protocol they put you on also will take account of your low Amh. try to stay positive if you can xxxx

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Thank you. Feeling much better. X

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Did you take any supplements or do anything different to get such good results on egg collection? Were you put on a longer protocol? Hope you don’t mind me asking. X

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ask away that's what here is for 😁I have 2 nhs long protocols both bfn but my 2nd cycle was better quality eggs after reading it starts with the egg I took dhea and Coq10 plus made some diet and changes to household and toiletries products. my 3rd cycle was private and short protocol and I got most eggs and some in freezer xxx

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Thanks for the tips. Wishing you the best of luck. Where did you get your dhea and CoQ10 from. Where did you get the book it starts with the egg from? What changes did you make to toiletries? X

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the book was on amazon and thE Coq10 just boots. the micronized dhea you can't get in UK so online but I have a friend in USA who sent it over. the toiletries make up household stuff all natural no toxins so ecover brand deodoant with no parabens etc..drink water out paraben free bottles..all mentioned in book xx

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Thank you. I will have a look

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Hi JoJo, just wanted to wish you lots of luck for your up coming cycle. Sounds like you are doing everything you can

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Thank you. It was just such a shock. X

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I completely understand. At first we thought the issues lay solely with my husband given his semen analysis results. Then I got the same sort of AMH results as yourself at roughly the same age.

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That’s interesting. For the last two years we thought my husband had low sperm motility according to the tests he had done then to find out just as we are about to start ivf we find out his Sperm count is normal and it’s actually me was a massive shock. I was so excited to start ivf thinking it would be the answer and now I feel in complete emotional turmoil. X

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I get that completely. To be honest, I felt devastated when I found out there were also issues with me. I felt really angry and let down, it sort of felt like my body had let me down.

Try to remember there are other women on this forum in a similar situation who have gone on to have ivf and have children. Wishing you the very best of luck 🍀xx

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It’s good to know that how I feel is normal. Feeling much more positive x

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This was exactly me, I was shocked when they told me mid way during my treatment that I had low AMH, we managed to get 7 eggs but embryos were low quality and therefore got BFN but I believe it’s all about luck and our time will come and stressing never helps! X

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True. It’s up to fate and nature xx

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Hi I am 37 and my AMH is 5.8, my husband and I were trying for nearly 2 years and opted for our first round of IVF end of last year. Sadly that ended in a miscarriage but I found out I was pregnant naturally last month and am now 6 weeks and feeling great. Never give up hope! X

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Thank you. I am so sorry to hear about your miscarriage but am also delighted and hopeful to hear about your pregnancy. I have heard that quite a lot of people struggle to get pregnant with their first baby and opt for ivf, achieve a pregnancy and then get pregnant naturally with their second baby. Once the body rights itself it can do marvellous things. Keep me posted on how your pregnancy is progressing x

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Hi Jojo thank you so much. Sadly I started bleeding yesterday at 6 weeks. We have a scan and appt for bloods today but I am not feeling very hopefully. Have been in a quite a lot of pain overnight and bleeding has got worse. Trying to remain positive and hoping this one sticks but feels like everything is against us x

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Oh my goodness. I am so saddened to read this. I know it’s hard but try to stay positive until you have had your scan. I know some bleeding in early pregnancy is normal. What time is your scan? Will you keep me updated? Sending love and hugs xx

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It’s at 2.30 this afternoon will keep you updated x

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Yes please do x

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Tough afternoon, the scan resulted in them being unable to see anything due to a likely miscarriage. Had my bloods done and have to go back on Saturday just to confirm what they fear and that’s they have dropped. Feeling very numb and sad right now.

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Oh my goodness. I am so so sorry. You must be devastated. You have been in my thoughts today. Sending love to you xxx

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Lots of love xxx

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I’m so sorry to hear this Tiffs. We are all here to support you if it is bad news xxxx

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Thank you so much x

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hey there Jojo! since it is related to age so I believe with age this might not get any better ... I believe in being prepared for the worse and hope for the best obviously.But since infertility is uncalled for same is with other problems.So I would suggest for you to look for more options hand in hand of IVF etc as the technology has grown for our ease.Look on a broader spectrum hope you land on some productive idea.Best of luck!

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Thank you. Will do x

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When my AMH was first tested, it was 4.7 (I was 33). 6 months later it was tested at the clinic and it was 10.7! I did absolutely nothing different during those 6 months.

It can be very variable so don't read too much into it.

I'm unsure what my proper level is, but regardless of what reading was correct it was low. From my first IVF i got 6 eggs, 6 fertilised, 5 are in the freezer and one is now a 10 month old baby.

When I questioned the variability of the reading, my consultant said that there's lots of things more important than AMH and she was right!

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Thank you. This is really helpful. That’s great news. Xx

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Hi there, I'm so sorry to hear about your infertility issue. The low AHM can't be altered but there are certainly ways to reduce its hindrance. Firstly, yes a long process IVF is better than the short one for you. The low AMH means you have less egg reserve so it's better not to delay. Between can you tell me your reading again, in ng/ml - here it's given in that range. I have DHEA to improve my egg quality. It did work for me and there are loads of supplements that might help you as well. The numbers of egg retrieved will be anyway improved by stimulations. Hope is not lost! Think positive and follow the protocol your clinic suggests, everything else will be fine. You've got all the luck for we fellow women who have has their bad days! XOXO

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Thank you. I only know it as 5.6 which is what the consultant told me. I don’t know it in ng or ml. You just have to believe in the consultants xx

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Ohh okay, I did a bit of googling and found there's another unit Pmol/L (other than ng/ml that I know of). Google helps when in a tight corner..... always! It happens so that your AMH is low but not too low - which is good news. A bit of supplement for egg quality and stimms should do good! :) Sending love and good luck your way.

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Thank you. I am sure all will be fine. The consultants know what they are doing. Xx

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Sorry hear this mine is also low and I’m 33. I agree with all the ladies here to maximise your supplements & health to maximise quality . Hopefully means the eggs you produce are good quality which is all you need x

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Hi Jojo, just wanted to write to you because I know exactly how you feel. I’m 28 and was told my AMH is 7.6 which threw me as they kept saying that because I was young they had no concerns and just thought it was my partner with his semen analysis that was preventing us from conceiving for the last 3 years. I was not prepared for the result, we wanted to egg share so we could help other women and keep the cost of IVF down but it wasn’t to be because the AMH needed to be 20+ to qualify. My consultant just said to help Egg quality take coenzyme q10 which is what I’ve done. We see the nurse for treatment planning tomorrow. Everyone on here has been fantastic and so supportive, lots of women saying they have been successful with low AMH. Got my fingers crossed for you, keep us updated. I’m sure it won’t be long till you have that BFP. Keep the hope. X

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Thank you. Your story is very similar to mine. I am taking pregnacare conception and doing fertility yoga. Good luck with your treatment planning. Will you start a longer protocol? This forum is fantastic. So glad I stumbled upon it xx

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No idea! Will wait and see what the nurse says tomorrow. Been so emotional today thinking about it, guess I never thought I’d need this appointment and feeling apprehensive about it all. Feel so overwhelmed. This forum has kept me sane. Fertility yoga sounds good, looking to do some acupuncture sessions through the cycle. Want to give it my best shot just need to find some positivity and strength. Good luck and baby dust to you xx

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It’s a very emotional process. I have had many ups and downs in this journey. In the back of my mind is the hope that it will happen naturally but that looks less likely now. One minute I am bouncing off the walls as we have our appt through the next I am close to tears as it’s not moved in the way we thought or to the timescales I thought. The drive to have a baby is so strong in every woman. I have found this journey has made me stronger and a more humble person. You draw on a strength you didn’t think you had. What is your appt tomorrow? Wishing you luck and here if you want to talk x

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Fertility yoga is excellent. Try Bettina Rae on YouTube. Give reflexology a go too. I have been doing it for about 6 months now x

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I am also doing a lot of meditation which really helps x

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Treatment planning with Nurse tomorrow, think they will go through medication etc but not quite sure what to expect. Will definitely give the yoga a go thanks! Thank you so much, very kind. It’s been a very strange day, wasn’t expecting to feel like this, very tearful all day. I know I can get through this and then days like this just put me on my bum for a few hours. When is your next appointment? Xxx

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That’s quite normal I think. Very all consuming. Let me know how your treatment planning appt goes. Our treatment planning appt is 14th March. Excited but nervous. I think they will probably order your prescription. Xx

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Hi jojo8311 i am also facing the same problem me and my husband trying for five years with no success. Before two my all results are fine but my husband has very low sperm count . We are waiting for our icsi in this year. We are on long waiting list last month i go to another ivf clinic and they said to me i have very low amh and she said to me for donner egg I am too much upset i Can't explain you Because my husband also have sperm count issues But he has one son of 8 years old with his ex wife I don't understand why this is happening with me

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I am sorry. There are lots of ups and downs in this fertility journey. I have had many of them. I am sorry you are upset. Sending a hug. There are lots of people in our position, hundreds of couples who go through fertility issues and treatment. Just look at it as a way of getting from a to b. Some are longer than others. X

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Hi Jojo

I hope you don’t mind me messaging you but I’ve just been reading your post & following thread. Just wondered how you are getting on? I found out yesterday that I have very low AMH (the reading for my age at 31 should be anywhere between 4.1 & 58.9 - Mine has come back at 2.2!! After being told for 3 years that I’m totally fine & the problem lays with partners sperm! We have a consultation on 11th June but it can’t come quick enough now!! Xx

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Hello, i can completely empathise with how you feel. That's completely like our situation.

We were due to start our treatment on 14th March, but found out that after two years of trying, my husband having low sperm motility and me low AMH that we were pregnant naturally! it was quite a shock, and i am now 16 weeks pregnant, with a very healthy pregnancy. Just goes to show that you shouldn't always listen to the experts. Miracles can and do happen! xx

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Wow really, congratulations! So you hadn’t had any treatment or any drugs or anything different to the last 2 years & it just happened?? How lovely!! I wish that could happen for us! Yesterday I was really positive that at least they’d found a potential reason for why it hasn’t happened for us in 3 whole years but now Im having a bit of a pittyparty day like, why me & is this ever going to end type of thing! Xxx

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Trust me, it will happen! I promise you. No we had no treatment or anything. We were just about to start ivf and they were going to order my prescription in. When my period was late I never for one minute thought I was pregnant. I even took three tests and they are all positive. I know how the dark days feel, and the wishing it would happen. Wondering what you have done to deserve this. It does go to show that the experts aren’t always right. They told us we wouldn’t get pregnant without ivf. I guess we just relaxed and thought we were heading towards ivf. Keep your hope! It will happen x

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Thank you, I’m hoping for our miracle too! I just knew something wasn’t right, 3 years is such a long time to go through this being told nothing wrong & to now find out why & I know people go even longer than that! Congratulations to you again & enjoy 😊 xx

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We were 10 months of trying before getting tests by our doctor. It was a year of trying before we got seen by the hospital. One thing I forgot was my husband took fertilisan which really increased his sperm motility. Once I found out I had an amh of 5.8 at 34 I started doing fertility yoga on YouTube with a lady Bettina Rae. I am convinced that was one of the things that helped me get pregnant. I know it’s so hard but try and focus on other things and not trying to get pregnant. I am sure this is another thing that helped as we knew we would be in the hands of ivf so effectively stopped trying. The more pressure we put on ourselves our body feels the stress and stops us getting pregnant as it doesn’t think it’s a safe environment. I also had fertility reflexology too and so did my husband. Chin up lovely, I promise you will get there xx

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Hi Jojo, I’m in a similar situation, low AMH too. Emotionally, I struggled with the result of my AMH. It’s taken me a few months but trying to keep positive. One day at a time! Seems to me you are doing all the right things. Everyone tells me it only takes one egg! Fingers crossed for you! 🤞

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It does only take one. Stay positive! X

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Hi Jojo, I’m so happy for you!

I was diagnosed with lo amh two day ago (don’t know numbers because I was in shock and didn’t ask). My partners sperm is good quality and we’ve been trying for 1.5 years already without success.

In two weeks I’ll have another appointment just to see how I am and see if I have any follicles.

Was there any supplement you had to improve your egg quality? I want to make sure that I do my very best and try to improve the eggs that I have, if I have any.

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Thank you. It’s a shock when they tell you that. I remember feeling flawed as we thought it was my husband. I took pregnacare conception and did fertility yoga. My husband took fertilisan. Wishing you luck x

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Anything helps, I'll try. It's my biggest dream... x

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Don’t give up. You will get there x

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Hi Jojo,

Don't lose hope! I wrote an article about AMH levels, and it answers your questions (and more) here: theduff.co.uk/amh-levels-ivf/

Hope it helps xx

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