I’m 40 and my FSH level is around 50. Which one do you recommend, egg donation or embryo adoption?

  1.  Lina McFadden

    Hey, I’m 40 and after testing my hormones I got a FSH level around 50. My doctor thinks unfortunately I don’t have chances of getting pregnant because I’m closer to menopause… I’ve been given this news today and I’m shattered. The thing is I got pregnant last July, but I miscarried when I was 8 weeks pregnant. I also ovulated last December. Do you think I have no chance too? Or do you think I may get pregnant if I continue trying to conceive naturally?

    December 20, 2015 at 8:21 pm
  2. Sandra F. Sandra F.
    Fertility counselor

    Dear Lina,

    Obtaining an FSH result indicating that value is a sign of low ovarian reserve as your doctor told you. Even though you still have periods, the eggs that are being released are of poor quality, which translate into trouble conceiving. In these cases, while it is true that some people try to get pregnant naturally, it is rather difficult. That’s why using donor eggs is advisable in these cases, given that they have been donated by young, healthy women.

    As for choosing between egg donation and embryo donation, the truth is it is a very personal decision. The main advantage of using donated embryos is that recipients do not have to look for a donor that matches their preferences and then synchronize their cycle with the donor’s. Embryo adoption only requires the preparation of the endometrium. Besides, another advantage of embryo adoption is that you know in beforehand what is the quality of the embryos you are going to use.

    However, with donor eggs, your child will have the genetic material of your partner, while in the case of embryo adoption, the genetic material of the baby-to-be will be neither yours nor his. Apart from that, you should take into account that embryo adoption is not as expensive as egg donation. On the other hand, success rates using donor eggs are usually higher than those obtained with embryo adoption.

    Anyhow, as I said earlier, it is a personal decision in which I recommend you to take into account the pros and cons of both treatments.

    Hope this helps,


    January 20, 2016 at 9:54 am