egg quality

Dear MFS

I've been told that I have low-ish amh for my age (just under 15, age 35) and poor egg quality (after 2xICSI, NHS). I suffer with bad anxiety so I know that I can do things to improve my general well being and lower stress, which might affect it, but is there anything in particular you would recommend to improve egg quality? I seemed to respond well to the medication (my scans looked good, and up until the actual ICSI part it was going OK). I'm thinking of private treatment, but wonder if it's worth it.

Thank you for your suggestions

J

Our Expert's Answer

This information was published 6 years, 9 months ago and was correct at the time of publication. It may not reflect our current practices or regulations.

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.

Firstly although your AMH is in the ‘low category’ this does not relate to egg quality but is an indication of the number of eggs available.  Your consultant may suggest a change in the stimulation protocol to improve your egg quality if you were to have another attempt.  You could try taking DHEA which has been suggested to improve egg quality although the mechanism of how this happens is uncertain.  You do not give any details of the stage of your embryos during your 2 cycles but I note that you had ICSI which is used to treat male factor infertility.  Sperm has contribution to overall embryo quality and your doctor may suggest some additional tests on your partners sperm before embarking on another cycle.