Struggling to concieve


I'm 37 and have been trying to concieve for 12 months. We have seen a specialist and have had all the relevant fertility tests as has my partner and it's all normal apart from eggs. I've a medium to low reserve. Is there anything apart from IUI or IVF that I can do to try and help us concieve naturally or will we need help. Also to note my cervix is flat due to treatment for abnormal smears and I have high vaginal walls. Is this also having an affect on conception as the Dr who we saw said it wasn't helping.

Thank you

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Please note that all the answers we give are on a generic basis only, as we cannot provide more in-depth answers without access to your medical history. If you need a more detailed response, tailored to you, we would recommend a consultation with one of our Fertility Specialists for more comprehensive medical advice.

In relation to your cervix and vaginal walls, please, don`t worry, having normal sperm quality and regular intercourse is enough for sperm to find their way to the egg. Please check if you had tests like fallopian tube patency test, ovulation test (home ovulation predictor kit and progesterone blood test a week after ovulation), Vitamin D level test.

If your partner`s age is over 45, or maybe a smoker or diabetic, or having other significant medical condition, I would recommend sperm DNA fragmentation test as high fragmentation level can significantly reduce pregnancy chances.

You may benefit from reading about lifestyle: Rebecca Fett: It starts with the egg.

Please note that the only effective treatment is IVF, and IVF chances do decline rather quickly in your age and with your given egg reserve.