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    Default low anti-mullerian hormone, only 21...?

    i have recently found out i have low anti-mullerian hormone... the test was done when i was 17 and my doctor never contacted me about it. im going in for another one specifically to check for it, but im now 21 and im concerned how these extra 4 years may have affected my fertility?
    Ive wanted a baby for as long as i can remember, my heart is breaking at the idea that i may not be able to conceive.
    im not ready for a baby yet, im not married and im not financially stable. haven't even got a house at the moment (just living with my parents until i can find one...) so getting pregnant now is out of the question. my doctor briefly spoke about freezing my eggs and IVF in the future but i am worried about the cost. is any of this covered by medicare due to my condition? what about private health insurance (i dont have any at the moment but can i even get covered for it now that it would be a pre-existing condition)? could contraceptives have given the result? i have never been on any contraceptives long term, especially back then (as far as i can remember) but i was just wondering if it was a possibility cause i have tried i few here and there and they make my very sick...
    is there anyone out there who has/is experiencing this who can shed some light on my situation? i know its not common to have this so young, does anyone know what my chances are of conceiving naturally in a few years time?
    I'm terrified that i won't be able to have a child... :'(

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    Hi Shanni, sorry you are having a tough time. I would definitely have your AMH retested as the accuracy of the test isn't great and there has also been some reports of some very incorrect results/batches. If it is indeed low I would suggest getting referred to a fertility specialist to discuss options. The best one is probably egg freezing. The process of having stimulating drugs and the egg collection procedure should attract a Medicare rebate. Private health insurance often only covers inpatient fees so for me in my ivf cycle it was $0 as mine was all clinic and day procedures. All clinics work a bit differently so it's worth doing a bit of research. Also it's worth noting that a low AMH doesn't mean poor egg quality, only that the quantity is lower. The chance of pregnancy is similar to those in mid range AMH. X
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    thank you so much for getting back to me, your post has given me a little hope about the future and my options xxx

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    It would be HIGHLY unusual to have a low AMH at 17. Do you remember what it was? Mine was 11 when I was 31, now I'm 35 it's 5.

    Not meaning to be negative here, but egg freezing has very low success rates. It's hard to get pregnant via IVF, let alone frozen eggs. If it is genuinely low I would freeze embryos, rather than eggs. That would mean using donor sperm. I think there's a time limit on how long you can freeze both embryos and eggs, so it might be worth talking to a clinic about that.

    At 31 I was single and when I found out I had low AMH I was shattered. I knew I had to find the right fella immediately or go it alone. I ended up going it alone. My sister was 35 with no eggs left so I knew it was not a false reading. I'm now the mother to two beautiful girls, and I'm currently in a cycle to donate to my sister.

    My first cycle at 31 (AMH 11) I made 9 day 3 embryos, so an ok result (none transferred my known donor changed his mind). Second cycle age 32 I made 6 day 3 embryos (DD1). Third cycle (AMH 5, age 35) I made 7 day 5 embryos ( DD2 worked first transfer). So dropping AMH hasn't effected my outcome.

    Should you run out of eggs there are many options out there now for donor eggs. If you don't have anyone to donate to you (a sister or a friend) many clinics overseas can help. The chezch republic or South Africa are both very viable options.

    Good luck and I hope the result was wrong for you.

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    So sorry to hear what you are going through. Do you know what your level is? Have you got any history of premature menopause in your immediate family? What state are you in and has your Dr referred you to a fertility specialist? I'm am ivf nurse so I can help a bit but each clinic is different and some of the finance/Medicare stuff will be quite different for each person depending on their situation (medical or social egg freezing, safety net, etc) as well as the clinic they attend and any health insurance. Feel free to pm me if you'd prefer. Hugs

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