After taking the ovarian reserve test “for fun” with my girlfriends, I was chocked to found out that my ovarian reserve was very poor. In plain language, I might be 30 but my ovaries feel 43! That unfortunately means that I have a very slim chance of getting pregnant.
Of course I decided to do the AMH test again – another £120 by the way. And the result was similar : 2 pmol/l. This time we did the test at the fertility clinic and the consultant kindly pointed out : it is time to get moving if I want to have a chance to have my own child. He said that he recommended IVF immediately, but I want to give “trying naturally” a shot before I go down the super medical route.
We have put our holidays plans on hold, changed our immediate plans to move house in order to prioritise trying to get pregnant. In addition, I came to the conclusion that we needed to start saving in case we needed to get IVF – as unfortunately we live in an area only funding one cycle. I found out that a cycle of IVF cost £5,000 and that we would only have 1 in 4 chance of getting pregnant. I read about this treatment before but always thought that the chances of success where much higher than that!
To find out what your NHS provision is locally, I recommend looking on the infertility network website.
I have done some on-line research and found that to improve my chances of pregnancy, I would need to find out when I am most fertile. That is quite ironic after years on the pill, I am now desperate to find out when would be the best time for us to get baby dancing (yes- that is the official terminology 😉 ).
So I bought a year on DuoFertility which cost quite a bit (£500), but has a special offer on at the moment: they will refund me if I do not get pregnant this year.
I also bought a Clear Blue Fertility monitor. Which is cheaper (£100) but I will have to buy disposable tests to use it every month. So this may end up costing me quite a bit too.
I have also ordered an OvaCue, but it comes from the USA and I have not yet received it, so I will start this month without it (it costs £250).
Anyway, over a year I will (hopefully) have paid less than £1500. I didn’t find anyone comparing these fertility monitors/services online and decided to write about them so that other women looking for this information will know about this.
If you have any comments or questions, get in touch!