Can I become pregnant with one ovary

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  1. Merrumermaid

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    Hi, everyone. I have registered here to speak with anyone who is able to help me in some way. I’m a thirty-old lady with one ovary. My other ovary was extracted because of a big cyst on it. The operation was done in my early twenties (I had the surgery when I was 21 years old). Now I’m thirty. I’m a married woman who has a stunning husband, and we want to have a baby very much. We have started our TTC journey nearly two years ago without any positive results. I have already consulted my GYNY recently. She has asked me to pass some hormone tests and ultrasound checkups. Overall, the doctor didn’t deny the idea that I wouldn’t be able to conceive by myself. However, she underlined the idea that there might be some problems with my ovary, my tube or even my womb that didn’t let become a mum. Oh… I feel so nervous and frustrated. What if I’m infertile?
     
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    Hi and welcome.

    I have two ovaries but I only seem to ovulate from one (my left). I have pcos so both are covered in cysts but my right one is worse and more swollen. I've been pregnant a couple of times so it is possible with just one working ovary. I'm classed as infertile by our clinic too, doesn't mean you won't have a baby it could just be a more difficult journey.

    Having some tests done will hopefully put your mind as rest.
     
  3. Merrumermaid

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    Hi, snowbee! Thanks for your post. It was very supportive… However, I have bad news. The ultrasound checkup revealed that the only tube left has some tissues inside. It may be the consequences of the oophoritis I had several years ago. I have already passed the blood test. The results will be known only net week.
    I know it’s only the beginning, but I’m sooo worried…
     
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    Hi mermaid,

    I don't have experience of this but just wanted to say I'm glad you're getting this investigated and now they know the issue, I'm sure they'll offer you the help you need!

    Good luck xxx
     
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    It may be possible to clear the tube and you conceive naturally, don't lose hope just yet. Even if they can't you will still have the option of IVF with one ovary. Let us know how you get on :)
     
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    Hi

    I just wanted to reiterate what Snowbee has said and to wish you luck - so good luck. :) (My situation is that my left ovary is covered in cysts.) Stay positive and it would be nice to keep us updated. Xx
     
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    I hope you get the results that you need. Either way, you can definitely become pregnant from one ovary (just dont ovulate as often) and if the tube is blocked I would think your doctor could advise as the best way to tackle it. There are things that could be done to help with the tube blockage so please don't be too down hearted.
     
  8. cryingwillow

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    Hi, Merrumermaid.
    It’s nice you have contacted the doctors. The thing I want to drag your attention is anti-muller test. It will be nice if you do this test to get to know the number of your oocytes in your ovary. I have read somewhere that one ovary extraction may become the reason of soon menopause. I don’t want to frighten you… Just think of it to know how to act in the future.
    I started to have some problems with my periods nearly a year ago. The doctors couldn’t explain the reason why I have long breaks between my periods, unless this test was done…
     
  9. Merrumermaid

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    Hi, girls! Here are my news… After having received bad ultrasound result, I was sent to another medical test which revealed that my tube is pretty well blocked. In addition, the blood hormone test result wasn’t good too! My gyny told me that it will be difficult for me to become pregnant naturally. She advises IVF or even IVF with a donor egg. Ladies, it seems I’m in a double trouble… Don’t know what to do… If I’ve had an opportunity to come back in time and treat my oophoritis properly!!!
     
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    Oh no! IVF is always an option. Why do they suggest donor eggs? Xx
     
  11. Merrumermaid

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    Phonixgirl, my gyny didn’t like my hormone blood test. She thinks that my only ovary doesn’t work properly. Of course, she doesn’t deny that I may have an opportunity to become pregnant with my own egg. If the IVF doesn’t bring any good results, she thinks I should try an egg donation. Moreover, the doctor asked me to pass anti-muller test. As I have only one ovary, there is a great possibility that I will have an early menopause. Maybe, she doesn’t want to take any risks????
     
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    Hi, Merrumermaid. I’m really sad to hear bad news from you… Early menopause is also my problem. I started to have it in my early 30ies. All started with short periods’ delay. When I was 38 the periods stopped completely. However, I managed to become a mum when I was 35 thanks to egg donation.
    If your doctor says, that you may conceive with the help of IVF, you should certainly give a try to it. It will be nice if you don’t linger with this procedure. If IVF doesn’t work, egg donation is also ok.
     
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    I agree with cryingwillow.

    Maybe they don't want to take a risk with your own eggs, but it would depend on the NHS funding in your area and the finances you have available as to whether it's worth trying with your own first or proceeding straight to donor eggs. Maybe speak with your doctor and see. In the meantime, you can start taking CoQ10 to improve your egg quality. Good luck. Xx
     
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    Girls, thanks for your supportive messages!!! I’m really glad to have found you here. Yesterday I had one more visit to a doctor. He is one of the best specialists in my hometown. He thinks that I should try egg donation, because it is more effective than a simple IVF. Nevertheless, if my anti-muller test is ok, I may also try IVF and become pregnant with my own egg. So let’s hope that my test is ok!
     
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    Keep us updated hun! Sounds like he knows what he is talking about :) xx
     
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    Hi, girls. I have visited my doctor this week and this is my latest news: my anti-muller hormone test is so so. Not so bad, but is isn’t perfect. Maybe, it’s because I have only one ovary left. Of course, I may try an IVF, but the doctor told me that he couldn’t guarantee good results. He also pointed out that a positive result may be achieved if I try several times. Egg donation may be better and more effective. I haven’t decided what to do yet… I know that IVF and egg donation are very similar. The only difference is that a donor egg will be taken not mine. I feel trapped and puzzled at the moment… What to choose and what to start with???
     
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    I feel really sad now...
     
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    Hi honey

    Big hugs xxx I hope you're ok. I guess this is something for you and your partner to decide. You could maybe have one go with your own and if it doesn't work try donor eggs? Once you've had egg collection, you should get some indication of the quality (the only thing it won't show is chromosomal abnormalities - you could pay for a test for this if you wanted to).

    As you can see, I know what it's like to experience multiple IVF failure and it is hard :-( I don't know if it will ever happen for us tbh. If you do go for a donor egg however, once you're pregnant you'll forget all about it being a donor and that baby will be yours :) Maybe speak to Blueflower on here - she's currently pregnant with twins through a donor but she did try her own (lots of times!) first.

    Good luck xx
     
  19. cryingwillow

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    I felt nearly the same, so I can also understand what you are feeling at this moment. The key moment here is that you shouldn’t give up. Maybe, it will be nice if you stop thinking about all these things and try to have a nice rest.
    When I got to know my hormone blood test and the doctor told me about early menopause, I took my car and drove away. I remember I was driving the whole day. When I stopped, it was a deep evening and very dark outside. However, I felt a little bit better after this long ride. Maybe, you will also try something like this…
     
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    Hello Hun,

    I've a friend who only has one ovary and Pcos and she conceived on her first clomid cycle.

    There are some doctors who believe clomid improves egg quality/maturity aswell as quantity.

    Good luck!

    Xx
     

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