[QUOTE=aimeep25]I’m still brand new to the world of IVF, and am finally starting to really get going here. I have my consultation with the RE scheduled in two weeks and will hopefully know a bit more then. I do know that my tubes are very damaged due to my Crohns disease, so I am certain IVF will be our path.
I just had AMH checked and it was 1.52 (I am 39 years old).
That’s a decently encouraging first bit of info, right?[/QUOTE]
Hello Aimeep, and welcome. The process of IVF is often a long and sometimes confusing journey. The forums here are an excellent resource and also support system.
Depending on who you talk to, your AMH isn’t too bad given your age. I know the clinic my wife and I are going through considers 1.6 the cut-off point for low ovarian reserve, but you should still get enough eggs to work with. I’m not sure what you do or don’t know about the process of IVF, so I will give you some tid bits of information.
In the IVF process, you want to be able to produce as many eggs as possible because most of the eggs you fertilize won’t end up being viable. In some tragic cases, none fertilize at all. Once they have been fertilized, you want the embryos to mature as far as they can in the lab since a lot of those embryos will arrest before their fifth day. Even after the fifth day, some could still end up arresting in the uterus. If you have numerous embryos, you can pick and choose the highest quality to implant in your uterus, which means having more eggs increases your chance of success. A poor quality embryo can still turn into a healthy person and a grade a blastocyst may not, but generally higher grade embryos result in higher success.
Also, if you haven’t tested your partner’s sperm yet for sperm quality or other abnormalities, you should do so before you commit to a cycle. While you may know that you have a fertility issue, it’s possible too that your partner also has some kind of male factor infertility. If he does, then there are procedures that can sometimes help mitigate this handicap.
Good luck, and check back to tell us how your journey is progressing!