Consultation with fertility consultant
For patients concerned about their egg quality and likely response to stimulation drugs, the AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) test, provided either as part of a suite of fertility tests or on its own, can provide some helpful information that can be used to advise about treatment options.
The AMH test gives an indication of the reserve pool of eggs left in the woman’s ovaries (not the exact number). This information is used to decide whether it would be worth attempting ovarian stimulation for egg collection and IVF.
Even if the AMH level is low, if other factors look good and the patient wants to try, then ovarian stimulation might still be possible although it may be necessary to use a higher dose of drugs.
These are some of the types of options that are discussed as part of the initial consultation.
The initial consultation is with a highly experienced fertility consultant, who analyses the results from any tests you may already have had, assess your medical background, talk through your options and what happens in IVF treatment and prepares a personalised treatment plan. Do bring results that you have from other clinics if you have them.
Relevant fertility tests may include blood tests to check your hormone levels, a semen analysis to look at sperm health, and an ultrasound scan of your pelvis.
Currently, we offer IVF consultations and treatment planning via secure video call, using Teams, which enables you to talk directly to our specialist doctors from the comfort of your own home using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
After this consultation and the results of any further tests you will be given detailed information about what happens in IVF treatment and a personalised treatment plan.
Excellent IVF success rates
Bourn Hall’s IVF success rates are excellent: in 2021, 56% of patients aged 37 and under having IVF with ICSI with a blastocyst (5-day embryo) transfer achieved a pregnancy, which is higher than the national average.
Your own chances of success will depend on your age, medical history and test results and it may be possible to provide a more personalised indication of your chances of success with IVF.