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Ivf with bmi above 30? Ivf abroad? Scotland

Hi,background I'm 39 and my one remaining tube is blocked. All other tests are good. My husband is 33 and his tests are all good.

My Bmi is 39 at the moment and I've recently lost 2 stone. I'm with a consultant in Edinburgh but I cant be even referred until I lose another 5 stone, bmi 29, and then they've said waiting time might be several months after that.

I'm obviously trying to lose the weight as fast as possible, but it's taking a while. I'm concerned that the longer we wait, the less chance of success with my own eggs.

I've heard of people having ivf privately with higher bmi than 29, which I've been told I need to get to before my first appointment.

Does anyone have experience or information about places in Scotland, rest of UK or even Europe where a higher bmi of 35-38 would be accepted, in a woman approaching 40, for own egg ivf? We are not interested in donor eggs.

Does anyone have experience they can share of how long referral etc took, what the costs were, how many trips you had to make for a cycle and any other useful information. Any information would be really appreciated.

Would prefer to stay in UK, but have heard good stories on the grapevine from some older women going abroad.


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A complicated question. Many private fertility clinics don't like a high BMI due to it reducing their success rates which isn't a great advert for customers.

In my area in Manchester, they have a max BMI of 35. They also do a money back guarantee if you don't get pregnant through IVF which is totally unusual. There is also a list price of procedures. (Google Manchester fertility)

The HFEA are responsible for fertility clinics and you should check their website out for a list of local clinics as well as how to research the quality of those clinics.

Losing weight always a good idea here to reduce complications and increase your chance of success


you can take hormone medication to make your flow of eggs perfect, they keep those eggs. Good luck.


hi sheldon54KA, what hormone medication? u have the name?


hi mmc224

I had 3 failed IVFs, my doctor said 1 of the factors is that I'm OVERWEIGHT... My BMI 26 not obese, but yet it seems like it has negative impact on my IVF rounds...

If anyone can share more about this topic, how weight affecting fertility that will be helpful!

Thank lots


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