Aged over 40 and trying to conceive for four years after operation to remove Inter-uterine Fibroids

Dear Dr Brian, I have been trying to conceive with my partner for 4 years we have had tests done and found that I had inter-uterine fibroids which were stopping me from conceiving. These removed 3 years ago and the doctor who removed them said that I should be able to conceive but because of my age my chances may be low. We have been trying to conceive ever since with no joy, as I am getting older have I now missed my chance of conceiving? My periods are now becoming irratic with taking longer to come or not coming at all. Please advise.

Our Expert's Answer

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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.

Although you have not told me your age, your doctor was correct in advising you that age will affect your chances to conceive.

Without more information it is difficult to advise you but if you are under 44 years old it may be wise to have an AMH test. This is a test of ovarian reserve or the number of eggs you have in your ovary.

Armed with this result, a doctor would be able to direct you to the most appropriate way to help you conceive. If you are over 44 then your best chances to have a family would be through egg donation. Hope that helps.