Low ovarian reserve

Helping women with low ovarian reserve

Giving women with low ovarian reserve the information they need to make decisions about their fertility treatment

Optimising the outcome for patients found to have a "low ovarian reserve" or be "poor-responders" in previous fertility treatment cycles is an area in which the Lister Fertility Clinic team excels.

A diagnosis of low ovarian reserve is often an unexpected one and adds to what can already be a period of significant stress and anxiety. This is often compounded by the contradictory advice and information couples are given and the reluctance to offer fertility treatment that couples encounter elsewhere.

It has been suggested that some clinics refuse to treat patients with elevated basal FSH, low AMH levels or other poor markers suggesting low ovarian reserve to maintain their overall success rate or to improve their position on success rate "league tables" (Sharif and Afnan, 2003).

Low ovarian reserve and IVF treatment

Many women with low ovarian reserve are led to believe that they are unsuitable for IVF treatment and would have no chance of a successful outcome. They are therefore forced to consider other treatment options to provide them with a chance of motherhood, although not with their own genetic child.

We believe that markers of low ovarian reserve should be used as a means of appropriate counselling rather than a tool for rationing or declining fertility treatment.
Any chance, even a reduced one, of achieving a pregnancy with your own genetic child is precious and important. At the Lister Fertility Clinic, we believe our duty of care is to ensure that every woman in this position should have the right to choose whether to proceed with fertility treatment. As long as she has been given appropriate information regarding her chance of success, appropriate alternative choices and what to expect in a cycle of fertility treatment.

This ethos has allowed us to build a wealth of experience and knowledge and over 40% of our fertility treatment cycles now occur in couples or women with a low ovarian reserve. It is our role to use all this expertise to individualise care and maximise the chances of pregnancy.

You can more about the importance, assessment and options for women with low ovarian reserve in our PDF leaflets.

Download our 'What is ovarian reserve and why is it important?' leaflet
Download our 'How is ovarian reserve assessed?' leaflet
Download our 'Low ovarian reserve? What we can do to help?' leaflet

Our team

We work with leading fertility experts across a range of medical fields, including gynaecology and urology.

That means you’ll be supported by a whole team of experts, from consultants, embryologists and sonographers to counsellors and experienced fertility-trained nurse practitioners.

Our locations

From complex fertility treatment and surgery to diagnostic tests and scans, we provide access to exceptional fertility and reproductive care across our network of fertility clinics.

Get in touch

If you want to book an appointment with one of our fertility specialists, or if you have any questions about how we can help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

You can also book an appointment at one of our fertility clinics. Simply click the links below, or call our team on: 020 7881 2000


Request an appointment at Lister Fertility Clinic, Chelsea

Request an appointment at Lister Fertility Clinic, The Portland Hospital

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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