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What is DOR?

DOR stands for Diminished Ovarian Reserve which means the quantity of eggs in my ovaries is diminished.

How did you get diagnosed with DOR?

My doctor offered an extra blood test ($70 - $100) which measures AMH (Anti-Müllerian Hormone). This number gives a good indication of ovarian reserve. My number was significantly low for my age.

What was the result of your AMH test?

My initial AMH test came back at 3.4 pmol/l (normal range for my age is 6.8 - 47.8). 

I was told the average for a woman in her early to mid 40's was 5.7 pmol/l

Prior to our first IVF cycle, I got my AMH retested (different lab) and it came back at 6 pmol/l which was better but still very low.

How does DOR affect your fertility?

Many people successfully get pregnant naturally even with low AMH. This is because low AMH only points to low quantity but not necessarily low quality.

Many people with low AMH may not ovulate regularly (anovulation) which can cause problems. I do ovulate regularly.

So what is the problem for me? We're not sure...

Low AMH patients have a lower success rate with IVF according to statistics. This is because we have less follicles being stimulated during our treatment, resulting in less eggs which results in less chance for embryos.

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