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  • 41 IVF, IUI, Clomid or natural

    I'm 41 and have had 3 miscarriages in the last 2 years. My AMH is 10.4 and my day 3 FSH is <6 I've had some recurrent MC tests already but all came back normal apart from MTHFR gene which I'm now taking folate for rather than synthetic folic acid. What fertility route should I explore or should I just keep trying naturally? Don't have much time left so I need to make the right decision. Thanks v...

  • Pregnancy after 40

    Hi Im 39 and i hope to have a baby by 40. My mom had 8 kids and the youngest 2 she had at ages 40 and 42, my bro and i. She had all natural births, healthy kids with no miscarriages. Can i be as fertile as she was? Whats the most amount of healthy kids can a woman have from age 40? Thanks Sabrina

  • Chances of IVF success at 40

    Dear Sirs My husband and I have been trying for a baby for 6 years now. We discovered low sperm count early on and my husband was prescribed clomid. We managed to conceive naturally twice within 3 months both times, but the first one was terminated for medical reasons (T21), and the second was a miscarriage. We have done 4 IVF cycles. The second one resulted in yet another miscarriage. We had 3...

  • Donor embryos transferred from another clinic

    I have 2 frozen embryos in a clinic in Prague. I am approaching 49 and the cut off for transfer of embryos in that country is 49. The clinic has advised getting the embryos transferred to a clinic in another country. Is this something that your clinic would consider if I did go down this route?

  • IUI or IVF

    Hello, I am almost 43, and would like to know if I should try to conceive via IUI or IVF? I already have 2 children, both conceived naturally and within 2 months of trying. My youngest child was conceived when I was 41. Does this mean that IUI success is possible even at my age now? Thank you.

  • Query re Serum FSH and LH Levels

    Do Serum FSH levels of 19.6 u/L and Serum LH level of 18.4 u/L in October 2016 and Serum FSH level of 56.8 u/L and Serum LH level of 27.7 u/L in December 2017 indicate that the menopause has taken place and that fertility treatment could not occur? If so was this the case in October 2016? I am a healthy 41 year old lady who would have liked to have frozen eggs. Thanks very much

  • Why no ivf for the over 50 in the U.K.

    Hiya my husband is younger than me. I was told by my doctor the cutoff was 46 for ivf treatment so did not follow up on it as it was to late for us. But have been told by a clinic it was 49. I have not had a children yet but would have liked one but no one will consider ivf with donor eggs as I'm 50 why is this the case. If I wanted funding for the treatment I understand that there should be a cut...

  • Is Modified Natural Cycle IVF or Mild Stimulation IVF the best for DOR

    I am almost 42 years old and I'm still ovulating. My AMH is 3.2 pmol/L, my AFC done on day 14 of my cycle is 8, my day 3 FSH is 6 IU/L (estradiol not measured). I also have an intramural submucous fibroid on the top of my uterus which I need to have removed.  I was advised to do Modified Natural Cycle IVF or Mild Stimulation IVF because at my age egg quality is a concern? Do you agree or would...

  • Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)

    Hi, it just turned out I have POF according to the doctor. FSH above 100, the ultrasound scanning showed my ovaries are in normal condition, I'm still waiting for the result of AMH. Can I get a more precise result how many eggs do I have left- if there are any- by an Antral Follicle count test? I'm on HRT at the moment Eleste Duet 2mg. My gynaecologist said I have only 5-10% chance to get pregnant...

  • IVF at 44

    I am 44 I would like to do ivf using donor sperm and eggs as I am not sure I still got viable eggs I am also a diabetic What are my chances at ivf with success

  • 41 with blocked tubes

    Hi I am 41 yrs old both my tubes are blocked with fluid, I was told 3 years ago I would need them removed before Ivf which put me off going ahead, I then fell pregnant naturally but miscarried. Would I be able to have ivf without tube removal? And what are my chances? Many thanks sarah

  • I don't want donor eggs

    Do you do ivf to ladies 44years old using their own eggs?

  • Surrogate

    I am 52 years old I want to carry a baby for my daughter is that possible my tubes are tide I am going through menopause

  • AMH 10.8, FSH 9 just turned 45

    If you have a high AMH 10.8 for your age and normal FSH would IUI still be a credible option for fertility treatment? I got pregnant naturally at 41 and have had 2 early m/c since.

  • Egg freezing

    Hi can I freeze my egg at age 45?

  • 41 years old

    I'm 41, 42 in Sept. My question is would it be worth freezing my eggs or has that boat sailed.

  • 53 post menopausal

    I'm 53 and my tubes are tied. I have gone through menopause would there still be any eggs left of mine to harvest?

  • Treatment aged 53

    Is it possible at age 53 to become a mother with an egg donor. I have not had any menses for the past 3 years. I have tried IVF but wasn't successful.

  • Over 40

    Could I still have a baby at at 46 even though I have had my tubes tied in the past and gone through the menopause, I have been with my partner over 2 years, he is 12 years younger than I am and has no children, I have 4 children already, youngest being 15,any advice would be greatly appreciated

  • Help for 47 year old

    I'm 47 and have had 4 children by c section , then was sterilized. Is there any chance that I can become pregnant with my partner now?

  • I'm 48 with my tubes tied can i get my eggs frozen

    Can a 48 year old get her eggs frozen with her tubes tied .

  • 48 years old and wants to freeze eggs

    I have been with the same partner for 28 years, we have up on having children but I've recently discovered due to a health problem that I have had a fibroid for several years, this can cause infertility. I am having this removed. I've had test and they have established I am still producing eggs. I am 48 what are the chances of conceiving after this removal. Should I consider having my eggs frozen?

  • 47 year old

    I went 14 months without any periods then at Christmas last year I had a full on period only very light periods lasting 2/3 days. Nothing much as still on the pill and still having hot flashes. I am 47 years old. My gynaecologist thought I had gone through the menopause. I take the pill same time every day and had protected sex in March. I had a small amount of bleeding same as what I normall...

  • Can I still get pregnant at 50 using clomid?

    I am 50 years old and in good health. I have 7 children, the oldest 30, the youngest 6. I had my last two at age 41 and 43 with the aid of Clomid. What are the chances of me getting pregnant using Clomid now that I am 50 years old?

  • Too old For IVF?

    I am 48 years old, fit and healthy. I have normal periods and test results show I am regularly ovulating. Would I be eligible for IVF treatment or would you have other recommendations?

  • Froze embryos 3 years ago, now age 43.

    My husband and I had 2 embryos frozen 3 years ago. It was before we were married and we had only been going out with each other about 18 months. We are now considering pregnancy. I'm 43, my husband is 41. What is best? Should we use our frozen embryos or try to conceive naturally?

  • All I've ever wanted is to have a baby

    I have just turned 44 - I am very healthy,fit,slim & single. My periods stopped about 5 months ago - What is the best possible way of any chance of becoming pregnant? I would do absolutely anything- ASAP -Thanking you so much for your time.

  • menopause

    I am 53 post menopause.I have 8 children all born naturally,last one in 2008.Can I have an embryo transfer?

  • Ovaries at 51

    At age 51 what are the chances of getting pregnant?

  • IVF at 48

    I am 48 i have had 5 children still on my normal cycle, my partnet is 50 we would like ivf with my own eggs is that possible ?

  • i am 48, want pregnancy

    i am 48, want to get pregnant. i menstruate regularly. taking supplements of bcomplex, folic acid, vit c, omega 3-6-9 regularly.can i get pregnant naturally?

  • Want a baby

    I am 46 years old. My period is totally off. Can I have Infertility treatment?

  • Freezing eggs

    I’m 47, I would like to freeze my eggs. Is this possible?

  • 48 years old

    Do you provide any fertility treatment for 48 year olds? I already had two children naturally.

  • 44 years old and low AMH

    I am a 44-years old going on 45 soon. I tried natural conception without success. I had some tests done and they came back with 2.4pmol AMH and 3 follicles on day 5. Except this low count, blood flow is great in ovaries and uterus and no medical issues. What are the chances of getting pregnant with IVF and how long will it take to retrieve eggs?

  • 48 year old wanting to use own eggs

    I soon turn 49-years old. I want to use my own eggs for IVF. Is it possible and what are the chances of a successful outcome?

  • IUI and age

    I only ovulate on clomid and my husband has low count and motility. I know at 44 I am too old for IVF but would our chances be increased using IUI and clomid instead of clomid alone? I keep reading IUI is pointless after 40. Son age 3 was ICSI at first attempt. Would you advise against IUI?

  • 42 years with donor egg, endometrium scratch done in July

    Can I do ICSI in December 2015, as endometrium scratch done in July 2015?

  • Pregnant at 52

    Would it be possible to have fertilized eggs implanted in my womb to have a baby at 52?

  • I am a 47 female and want to use my eggs with a surrogate

    I am 47 and have a heart condition which prevented me from having children. My husband is 40 and we would like to try and have a child using my eggs and his sperm and doing INV.

  • 40+ IVF

    What are the statistical chances of IVF being a success at 42 years of maternal age?

  • I am 50, can I have IVF?

    I have just turned 50. I'm a fit healthy person, and have a younger husband. Would IVF be possible at your clinic?

  • Is it possible to do IVF at 49?

    I am 48 years old, my doctor advised me to use an egg donor and sperm donor. I did that and everything went well with the recipient. They got 5 blastocysts that they froze after. I started taking progesterone tablets and injections. The doctor said I have a good lining. The following month I did have my period and the doctor said that since there is no way of helping to get my period back, he can'...

  • AMH 6.4 pmo/l aged 39

    Can you advise if 6.4 pmol is still in normal range for my age? All other tests have been normal so keen to find out if it us worth trying IVF and what my chances of success would be with this AMH level and age?

  • Hysterectomy at 47. Can I freeze my eggs?

    I am 47 years old and will have to have a hysterectomy for fibroid removal. My ovaries will not be removed. At my age, is it still possible to freeze my eggs? If so, should this be done before the surgery?

  • Sterilisation reversal or egg donor

    I'm a 37 year old woman with 3 teenage sons. I was sterilised 15 years ago. What can be done to help have a fourth child?

  • Menopause

    I am 44 years old, I had a pregnancy last year but unfortunately miscarried at around 6 weeks. Shortly after this I had a blood test and an internal scan and was informed I am in the menopause, I would still like to have another child but need to know what options I have if any so I can talk to my partner before moving forward.

  • Options for pregnancy

    I am 45 years old and my partner is 42. I was sterilised 17 years ago and have a son from previous marriage. I long to have another baby with my current partner but finding the right treatment is difficult and I'm worried I will have to go to Valencia. Can you please recommend some options?

  • 50 and wanting to get pregnant

    I will be 51 in January. I had four healthy pregnancies in my 20s. I had my tubes tied after my last child was born. Was in a 21 year marriage and now in a relationship with a man who has no children. He is okay if we do or if we don't. I would give anything to have another one. What are my options or am I just crazy thinking this way when I have four grown children? They say go for it and see wha...

  • Chances of getting pregnant at 47

    I am 47 years old and during my thirties had issues with myomas, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. I have had 5 surgeries and now at 47 I have a healthy normal uterus, occasional cysts that remedy themselves and my blood tests show no pre-menopause signals – although my right ovary sometimes looks a bit dormant on scans every so often. Can you please advise on my possibilities of: 1. Natu...

  • IVF still a realistic possibility?

    I'm 42, nearly 43 & my partner is 30. I was pregnant with Clomid this time last year but miscarried at 7 weeks at the beginning of this year, Clomid did not work. My AMH read 6.43 in August - 2 private clinics advised me to go ahead with IVF but a family friend from this field said I'd be throwing my money away & stand just the same chance (i.e. not much chance) of conceiving naturally with Clomid...

  • Am I too old?

    Just wondering am I too old for IVF? I am 42 and had twins 6 years ago through IVF. Now I'd like another baby but have I left it too late?

  • Can I still get pregnant?

    I'm 52 years of age and still take the Mini Pill. I've not had a period for more than 6 years. If I stopped taking the pill am I likely to fall pregnant?

  • IVF at 40?

    Hi, I'm 40 and I have 5 living children. I've never had a miscarriage, my husband is 27 and his semen analysis was good. I had my tubes clipped, tied and burned. What are my chances of having a successful IVF using my own eggs?

  • 47 and pregnant naturally

    What are the chances of carrying baby to term? I've taken two tests and both were positive. I'm not sure how far along I am because periods have been irregular for the last three months. I thought it was menopause. I have five children, the youngest is fifteen and I have had two miscarriages before six weeks.

  • Do I have any options?

    Hi, I'm a 49 year old woman on HRT and with no current partner. Can you help me to get pregnant, or am I totally too late...?

  • Too old for implantation?

    Is there a cut off date for implantation? I'm a 'young' 44 year old, no children. My endo said I have 5 follicles on one ovary and 8 on the other and a high FSH. He said he's amazed and hasn't seen this in a woman 'my age' in a very long time. Question: if I freeze now, do clinics have a cut off age for implantation? I know many cut off at 45 years but is that for harvesting or implantation? Tha...

  • IVF treatment for over 50s

    I am a healthy 51 year old - have not had a period for two years. Due to a huge tragic family issue I, (and my husband of 30 years) would love another child (or twins) - sounds awful, money no object - is my only option fostering and/or adoption or is there any hope that I can have another baby/babies using IVF? Eagerly awaiting your reply.

  • DHEA over 40s?

    Hello. I am 43 years old. My AMH is 10.3 FSH 4. I have had three miscarriages in the last 16 months, all before 12 weeks. Would you recommend using DHEA? And is IVF recommended as well to improve my chances of carrying a baby to term? Thanks

  • 49 and having another child

    I am 49 years old, still menstruating and my husband is 56 years old. We had three adult kids, 26, 25 n 18 conceived n delivered normally. Now we are looking at having our 4th child, isit possible? Any health risk? Your professional advice is very much appreciated.

  • IVF treatment older women

    Do you treat women over 50 years old? For ivf treatment

  • Low Amh

    Do you think I should go ahead with ivf with a AMH of 1.9. I am 42 with a 6 yr old but haven't had another tests yet, art fom a scan which showed 5 follicles Thanks

  • DHEA

    I am over 40 and my AMH was 1.98 a couple of years ago . I have had 2 natural pregnancies both of which ended in miscarriage the last one being earlier on this year. I have recently read about DHEA and its possibilities of improving egg quality. I have previously been told that IVF is pretty pointless in my circumstance and that I have as much chance of conceiving naturally as I do with IVF, which...

  • 44 years old and Premenopausal

    Hi I am told by my doctor that I am pre menopausal, my periods have been on and off for about a year, I do still have them though about every 2-3 months and somtimes every month. The question is we want more children and are wanting no egg donation due to religious beliefs. I want to try myself - are you still able to help? I have been told you havent had any births using anyone own eggs over the ...

  • 43 yrs soon to be 44

    Hi, I will be 44 yrs old in 3 months, am I too old for IVF using own eggs now? Thanks

  • 45 years old and IVF with own eggs?

    I am 45, still have a regular 28 day period and my husband is 28 and we would love a baby. I have one tube that is blocked, is it possible for me to have IVF with my own eggs?

  • Natural IVF and early menopause?

    Do you undertake Natural IVF in Manchester please for patients who have early menopause? If so, is this undertaken on the NHS or is it only available as a private patient.

  • 40 with a young partner

    I'm 40 in January with a partner of 27. I got steralised at 25. What is best for us? I have regular periods and have had 2 live births before my partner is willing to donate his sperm.

  • Are we too old?

    My fiance (50) had a vasectomy 16 years ago, I have an ADD teenager 16 yrs old. I always wanted a 2nd child, but couldn't cope with it earlier. Now I'm 41yrs ... our time is right, but are we not too old? How big are the chances for a healthy baby? What is the cost and the time we would have to invest? Thank you for your honest answer.

  • I am 47 years old, can I get pregnant?

    I am married to a younger man who has no children of his own. I am 47 years old and have been trying for a baby for the past 4 years. I've had 3 miscarriages and now my periods seems to be irregular. What are my chances of getting pregnant and carrying it out full term. Thank you

  • To old to conceive through egg donation?

    Hello, I am 47 years young and have started the menopause. Is it possible with egg donation to still conceive? I am fit and healthy. My younger sister would like to be the egg donor.

  • Low ovarian reserve

    I am 44 with a low ovarian reserve. I've had a failed IVF cycle at the age of 34. We had a donor egg cycle which also failed. I have also tried various alternative therapies. Can you suggest anything else I could try as I have no intention in giving up?

  • Age 48 and ttc with Fibriods

    Had a myomectomy in 2004 to remove fibriods, and then in 2008 met the love of my life, my fiance age 37, we've been TTC since 2009 and discovered I had uterine scarring which was corrected after 2 hysterscopies, we were then able to start our first IVF with donor egg. During the ET I was told I have a lot more fibroids (had 3 small ones when started IVF) which may prevent my pregnancy...11 days po...

  • Treatment over 50?

    I am a 52 year old woman in excellent health. In November 2011, I underwent donor egg blastocyst transfer IVF in the Czech Republic which resulted in a twin pregnancy, but I sadly miscarried at seven weeks. In January 2012, I underwent single embryo blastocyst donor egg transfer at a London women's clinic with a negative result. My male partner and I have had all the screening tests within the pas...

  • IUI or IVF at 44

    I will be 44 next week and do not have any children. I conceived after two months of trying in October 2010 but miscarried at 6 weeks. Unfortunately my marriage only lasted a year and so I would need to use doner sperm. I am keen on using my own eggs. I am fit and heathy and my cycle length is between 25 and 29 days. Would either IUI or IVF be an option for me?

  • Considering IVF at 45 years old

    Dear Professor Brian, I recently turned 45 years old and have been trying to conceive for almost 3 years. I have miscarried twice in that time. My husband is 35 years old and already has a child. I have had various tests and everything is okay. We are now thinking of going down the IVF route, but I read the success rates are so low with my own eggs due to quantity left and their quality. I am ...

  • Older mum

    I am 49 yrs old my and my husband is 37 yrs. I was sterilised (keyhole) 14yrs ago, I have a daughter of 23. Last year I was diagnosed as post-menopausal. At the time I was under a lot of stress and pressure. I had not had regular periods for over 12 months. However over the last 7 months I have started to have normal periods again regularly. We are desperate for a child and thought my chance was g...

  • Age 42 with four year old child and trying for a sibling

    Hello. We have a 4 year old child and have been trying to have a sibling since the end of 2009. Last year I had a missed miscarriage at 10.5 weeks, although it was only measuring 6.5 weeks. Since then, I have started acupuncture, and have had 2 months of chemical pregnancies. What would you suggest we try next? Thank you!

  • 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 old...

  • Two failed cycles and over 40

    I have had two failed cycles - one using my own eggs ICSI and one using donor embryos. I am now 47 ( very fit and healthy). Would you be prepared to treat me?

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