Sunday, May 31, 2009

Over 40 High FSH Success Stories

On the Women Over 40 With High FSH message board, there is a post called the Over 40 Timeline. It is a post that contains the successes of the women from that board. Whenever someone has a baby, they come back to add themselves to that post. Many times though, the ladies are so busy after the birth that they don't have time to come back and post (which is completely understandable), so this isn't a comprehensive list. But still, the number of success cases is amazing. It is a truly inspiring list. I refer to it often when my spirits are in need of a lift, like now!

Some interesting points:
  • The oldest person on the list is Annie from Finland, with a baby at age 47, and highest FSH 37.
  • Highest FSH on the list is Toni, who clocked in at 110.

Remember, this is just the ladies who used to post on this one message board. Such a small subset of everyone out there who was ever diagnosed with high FSH and are in their 40s!

Here is the list copied from the message board. It is current as of April 2009.

High FSH Babies (age is at conception)
* konni (41.5, highest FSH btw 14 & 20) - ttc 2.5 yrs; natural cycle; I had ZIFT the previous month, clomid-fsh stims, antagon. I had a chemical pg. I think the key was that the fimbrae were clumped and the tubes were positioned oddly due to scarring; baby born June 2002

* PatR (age 40 & 43 - two high FSH babies, FSH 17-22) - natural cycles., no supplements beyond a prenatal, no acupuncture, no change in diet, consistent exercise

* Deedee (42, highest FSH 23.6) - ttc#2 3 yrs (after first high FSH baby), conceived au naturel (with the help of a lot of herbs, supplements, and alternative medicines), little Ellie born Feb 2003

* EE (40.9 with DD, 43.3 with DS; highest FSH 18.6) - ttc DD 1.5 years, DS a surprise! DD - Antagon protocol max stims, DS natural, DD born 7-03? DS born 12/05/06, 2 days after my 44th birthday!

* Wexy (41) - IVF, baby born 2003 or 2004

* Kathleen (41) - IVF w/donor S, baby born 2003 or 2004

* Dale (41) - natural after her DH left her (I believe because she could not get pregnant) and with an old boyfriend (hey she posted the story to everyone), baby born 2003 or 2004

* omissy (bday Aug 63, FSH 23.6 in Oct 02)-ttc#1 2+ yrs, 4 m/cs '02-'03, never ART/Stims; no clomid (canx after day3); Hashimotos & MTHFR. DS#1 (natural pg at 40.9)shortly after LIT in Mexico, 6mos Acupuncture, steroids for neck injury, many herbs/supp, natural monitoring at clinic (U/S & B/W w/o doing drugs/ART) and thyroid treat. Switched from Synthroid to Armour thyroid Feb 04.. Lovenox, BA, progesterone, & LIT booster once pg; DS#1 born Feb 2005 at 41.6yo; . #2 >(natural pg at 42.9 after about 9 months of timed BD) Lovenox, BA and a booster LIT. DS#2 born Jan 07 at 43.5yo; #3natural pg at 44. 5 after about 6mos of no protection. Lovenox therapy only. DS#3 born Oct 08 at age 45.2

* Parisgirl (44, highest FSH 19.6) - ttc#1 3 years, 2 m/c, 2 failed high stim IVFs (poor responses), natural BFP with acupuncture and reflexology, OPKs, BBTs, vitamins, oligo-minerals and homeopathy grains. DD born in early 20

* Gini (42, highest FSH 16.1) - ttc 11 months, natural conception, herbal supplements, drank lots of water, and wasn't "trying hard" because RE was going to start cycling me on the next cycle, baby DD born April 2005

* LisaMN (40, highest FSH 42)-Low dose/natural IVF with Dr. Check. 2nd high FSH baby - DS#1 born August 2002. ttc#2 12+ months, 1 m/c, DS#2 born June 2005

* GayleCA (39, 40.11, 43.7); Highest FSH 16 - 4 failed IUIs (natural & medicated), 4 failed IVFs (2 BFN, 1 m/c at 7 weeks, 1 chemical), then BFP with natural IUI (trigger, P4, Medrol support), DD born 3/10/04; when DD was 6 months old, did 2 natural IUIs - BFN; then IVF (lupron flare)- BFP, DS born 9/06/05; when DS about 7 months did IVF for #3 (cycle #6?) m/c at 8 weeks (chromosome abnormality that had nothing to do w/age), tried for 1 yr to make it to ER but poor lining and response, HSG, then laproscopy 7 or 8/07, IVF #7 (changed protocol to microdose flare)- BFP (currently 18 weeks w/chromosomally normal boy), EDD 5/25/08(updated 12/21/07).

* Bing (46, FSH?) - natural conception after several years of IF treatments, baby Olivia born 9/7

* TinaPhoenix (42.10, highest FSH: ~28 (CD3) and 75 on a non-ovulatory cycle) - ttc 1.5 yrs; natural BDing after a cancelled cycle with high-stims (= "Long Lupron" cycle with 6 vials of Bravelle + Repronex per day); baby born Sep 2005

* Ellie (41.5 with FSH 11) Natural conception after two miscarriages six months apart. Delivered baby boy 9/26/05.

* HOPE2 in PA (43.6, FSH 38) TTC about 3 years. One m/c @ 41. Natural cycle w/ minimum Gonal-F & Cetrotide AFTER LIT IN MEXICO. FSH on the succesful cycle was 18. Had 4 minimum stim IVFs. Never had more than 1 egg. But my embryos were high quality, and 1st IVF actually ended with positive beta but it was chemical. Had baby September of 2005 when I was 44 years and 2 months old.

* Fran (42 or 43?) - very frequent poster who became pregnant in December 2004 and as far as we know gave birth in about Sept 2005, perhaps someone can confirm this?

* Becca (42.5, highest fsh 33) ttc#1 for 4 years. Had 1 prior m/c. Used Fertility blend, Wheatgrass supplements, accupuncture. High dose stims plus femara resulted in 2 follies. Did IUI instead of IVF. Hcg trigger prior to IUIs and then 1/2 dose of Hcg 7dpo. Baby girl born Oct. 2005

* CH41 (41, FSH 107) - natural conception with ovulation monitor despite very sporadic cycl

* Anna (41.5, but with 40 year old eggs - FET) - ttc 4 years: IVF due to severe MF (4 amps Follistim + Antagon; IVIG, LIT and Lovenox for suspected immune issues); unmedicated FET on a natural cycle; DS born Feb 2006

* k3333 (41, FSH?) - 3 failed IUI cyles with folistim, next cycle no drugs but got pregnant naturally!!! Accupuncture (3 months), Evening Primrose, Warm liquids and food, Limited exposure to radiation (no hair dryer). DS born Feb 2006

* Paige (42.2, highest FSH 28.6) Natural cycle after many clomid, IUI, IVF, high stim and low stim cycles over 4.5 long years; DD born April 2004

* Victoria (41, highest FSH 10.5) - IVF#3, ttc#1 5 yrs, 1 m/c, baby Rowan born 6/18/06

* london girl (44, highest FSH 13) - 2nd IVF pregnancy (DS born 2003), used a longish protocol with cetrotide / ICSI / PGD (the works), Baby boy born 7/11/06 (a week after 45th birthday!) [Also, had DS at 42 (conceived through IVF aged 41 + ICSI + PGD on third attempt)]

* Marcia (41, FSH 19) TTC For secondary IF with fsh DX it was under 2 years. Natural, Baby born July 2006.

* Annabelle (42, FSH: Mid 30s (had been elevated since first checked at age 31 when it was 15)). TTC: 11 yrs Method of successful conception : natural Failed countless IUIs w/ and w/o stims (maybe 15 or 20?); 8 ivfs (although 2 got cancelled); also failed DE IVF cycles (3rd time worked--had child at 39). After my baby was born, no longer pursued ART but was about to have a DE FET!! Baby born 2006

* Nobobear (40, FSH 18.6) - conceived in my Birthday Month FSH 17.6 TTC 12 months Method of successful conception Natural, DS born 6/3/06

* Donna FL (41.10, FSH: 15.6) ttc #1 3.5 years , natural conception, baby born 25 Jan 2006, 4 total m/c, 1 failed IUI, 1 IVF (m/c), tested + MTHFR & mild ANA. Aspirin, 4mg folic acid, B6, B12, Zinc, L-Arginine, Vit A, C, & E: Diet: 85% organic, green tea, no processed sugar, no dairy, no caffein. > 3 months AF = 1 day longer & better flow. DH same vitamins + Selenium, pycnogenol, L Carnitine: Prayed, found peace, signed up for adoption seminar same week BFP.

* Nat (41 & 43 FSH babies, highest FSH?) BFP on IVF#1, one embie, via Frozen sperm for 8yrs, passing of my husband , the battle with IVF. #2 was born a day after my late husband's birthday, Baby boy Aug 2006 [Also, DS at 41 on third ivf attempt.]

* June (42, FSH 12.8) - #2 (boy), all natural conception, healthy baby August 2006

* Pam (41, FSH 17.5) - donor IUI#1 BFP. ttc#1. Jada Lynn born 8/13/06

* Ann-FL (40.9, highest FSH 18.9) - two med cycles with IUI (failed), one Donor egg cycle (failed), preg. naturally month following donor egg failure. Baby Sienna born 8/15/06

* Susan in OR (42, highest FSH 23) - natural pg after ttc 2 yrs w/ acu, herbs, P4 & folic acid support (prev m/c x 2). Baby Alanna born 8/21/06

* anon22 (43, 19.7) - ttc 15 months or so; 1 failed IUI; 2 failed IVFs; natural conception month following a failed IVF--Pre-Seed! perhaps drugs/hormones from previous month played a part---1st pregnancy; Baby girl Aug 14, 2006.

* fertilebunny (40.11, FSH 16 at age 38) - timed BD (only once) using OPK, acu 6 months, Chinese herbs 2 months, making DH stop hot-tubbing for 3 months. Little Lucy born Sept 2006. [Twin 3 year old DS's from 2nd IVF conceived at age 38.8.]

* Chris in CT (40.11, highest FSH 15.9) BFP from natural BD + P4 after 8 yrs ttc#1, 3 polyps removed Dec 05, 8 years ttc#1 incl. many many failed clomid, maximum injectible cycles, 3 low stim injectible cycles. Baby Jenna Rose born 11/2/06. Full BFP sto

* Ann T. (40, highest FSH 12.9) BFP on natural cycle P4 support after 'O' (ttc#2 3.5 yrs, 7 losses), baby Amelia Lynn born 11/20

* Iowa Transplant (41, FSH 13) natural cycle after ttc#2 almost 2 years, EDD 11/24/06, baby girl born!

* Meg41 (40.10, FSH in 30s) E2 patch and antagon shots, then switched to lupron with high dose FSH (Follistim) and LH (Menopur). Cycle cancelled after many days of stims due to poor response, 1 follicle. PG after BD, Alexander, 11/29/06, 6:48pm.

* Velvet (41, highest FSH 12) TTC#1 for 5 years, 6 failed clomid, 6 failed IUI's, 3 failed injectable, 2 failed IVF's, 4 m/c's, on lovenox for 2 clotting factors, lucky IVF#3, baby girl, 11/29/06, 7:02pm

* Lois (40.11, highest FSH 43) natural with yoga and acu, cancer survivor, 2 m/c at age 39, baby boy born 12/21

* Jan/Ruger1225 (41, FSH 31.4) natural BFP with acu, Chinese herbs, wheatgrass, Royal jelly, Coenzyme Q-10, zinc, EPO and L-Arginine. Delivered 12/26/06 via c-section, girl 9lbs 201/2 inches, currently waiting for ppaf.

* Meghan96 (40.10, highest Day 3 FSH 27) Natural BFP on a break cycle. Acu for six months, herbs for one month, fertility monitor. Four prior IUIs (BFN). Failed CCCT (CD3 FSH 7, CD10 33). Baby boy born in January 2007.

* Bisco (43.6; highest FSH 39.6; this cycle 11.4) 2nd over 40 high FSH baby! BFP after standard Check cycle (1 vial Repronex on CD10, triggered CD11, P4 and E2 support), betas 11 (11-12dpo), 60 (13-14dpo), 786 on 18 dpo, normal CVS, baby boy arrived 1/24

* Renata (40.8, highest FSH 17.8) BFP in natural cycle the month before going on to IVF. OPK and well-timed BDing. Immune issues, so doing IVIG, arixtra, baby aspirin. While TTC, acupuncture, herbs, fish oils, extra b-complex, extra vit. c, CoQ10, wheatgrass, prenatal, grape seed extract, raspberry leaf tea. Amnio all clear, baby girl Talia Jade born 1/31/07

* Heather (40.7, highest FSH of 24) IVF BFP (4th stim cycle), Griffin Martin born on 6 Feb 07

* Xhazzie (40.1, FSH 21.8)-IVF AH, boy/girl twins Scarlett & Tristan born by C-sec. Feb 9th, 2007

* Willa (41.0, highest FSH 15.9) Natural cycle 7th BFP (6 previous m/c), Talia Theodora born 2/13

* DeeInNC(Now in WA)(40, highest FSH 13) BFP in natural cycle! Jan 2007 Michael Juni

* Toni (41.11, highest FSH 110! Day 3 FSH's 34.9, 34.8, 2.8, 4.8, 11.7 & 10.7)-DS 2yo, 2 m/cs, Both pregnancies: natural with acu and her plus a DS conceived naturally at 40; Baby Caelin born 5/1/07

* jeannette (40.5, highest FSH 15) - conceived on IVF#2, 2 clomid IUI's, 3 natural IUI's (1 pg; 1 m/c). IVF protocol: BCP's, MDL, follistim, menopur, acupuncture. 9 eggs retrieved. 4 good embies. Transferred 3, 1 on ice. Induced 5/24/07

* KateB (40, FSH?) - natural conception (one other baby conceived at age 38 after the 1% speech), May 2

* Tara21 (42.1, highest fsh 16.4)Low stim IVF cycle with frozen sperm, assisted hatching and ICSI. 6th ER. 2 prior m/cs. Did CVS and chromosomally normal female. Baby girl born 5/27/07 at 36wks.

* JanineUK (41, highest FSH 22) - IVF#3, 1 natural conception resulted in M/C last January. Severe male factor, Georgina May born 5/28/07

* Yof (44.5, highest FSH 16) - ttc#1 6 months, 3 failed cycles of Clomid w/timed BD. Accupuncture, Chinese herbs. Mini IVF #1 50mg Clomid cd4-8, 2 eggs, ICSI, 2-day transfer of 2 embies, 4-cell, grade B. One stuck! EDD 10/15/07, boy

* groll (41.4, FSH 13.6) - ttc#2 3+ years, IVF w/ Bravelle, femera, dexamathasone (sp?), DHEA, baby asprin; 3 mature eggs, 2 fert, and they looked good. 3dt EDD 10.2.07 - boy

* PJ (40, highest FSH 35), high FSH DS conceived naturally at 38 after 5yrs ttc#1, ttc#2 10 months, Mini IVF#2 (Zhang), 14 days of bcp's, day 3 fsh of 17, Clomid on CD3 & 5 only, 1 follie at retrieval. Successful transfer of 1 4-cell, grade A embryo. BFP! 2nd miracle high fsh baby, Emma, 10/17/07

* JMC (41.2, FSH over 15), IVF#3 triplet conception, now twi (IVF#1 B/G twins at age 36, IVF#2 + FET BFN) OCT 07-Nicholas Alexander & Natalie Catherine.

* Elizabeth (42.0, FSH 16 at highest) ttc#3 years, 6 IUIs, 4 IVFs (1 cancelled, 1 all embryos arrested, 1 with 3 poor eggs transferred/BFN), 1 pregnancy at 35, 1 M/C at 42.0 (natural conception). 4th IVF BFP with excellent egg quality, TRIPLETS on board initially. Leuprolide, Follistim, Repronex, Heparin, baby aspirin, also took Alive! antioxidant + megavitamin for 2 months prior to IVF cycle at doctor's request. No exercise, special diet or acu. Little Molly born 11/10/07 @ 25w6d, doing well so f updated 11/28/07)

* Seabiscuit (39.6 & 42.9, highest FSH 19.6)High FSH baby #1 from IVF #4 born 10/04. High FSH baby #2 from IVF #9 born 02/08.History & protoco updated 02/25/08).

* LeighTX (41.4, FSH 15.5) ttc#2 1.5 yrs (high FSH DD conceived at 39 from IVF#3), 1 m/c, natural BFP with progesterone support to treat Embryo Toxic Factor, Baby Girl, 1/28/08

* Kiwichick (42.3, highest FSH 19.6) - 2 failed IUIs, 5 failed med/high stim IVFs, 1 failed low stim IVF, 4 chem pgs, 1 m/c (4/5 natural conceptions), ttc#2 2.4 yrs (first high FSH baby conceived at 38.7 from Clomid/IUI), acu, Chinese herbs, DHEA, CoQ10, fish oil, Vit E + Se, zinc. IVF/ICSI#7 (low stim, this time with Dexamethasone for whole cycle); 4 embies replaced (high/low stim embie pics, twin girls, Ema and Mariko, born 2/12/08 @37w1d. Pi

* Mana (42, highest FSH 13, male factor) - "natural" BFP with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, OPKs, preseed, supplements, P4 support, etc., DD born 12/07

*Divineart (42, highest FSH 15.5) - TTC for 9 months naturally BFN, started cycle of 50 mg of clomid day 5-9 and robittusin, progesterone suppositories 13dpo. I can't believe it a BFP. EDD 3/22/08

* Allston (40.8, highest FSH 27) TTC for 3 years, but gave up when doctor said ovaries were shriveled and no developing follicles. Got pregnant naturally (totally shocked). Healthy baby boy born 6/18/08. No exercise, special diet, or acu. I drank coffee and wine. Just got lucky!

* PhoebeMass (41.1, only FSH test at 15.8) - 4 IUIs, 1 BFP that ended in a m/c at 7 weeks. BFP on first IVF. MDL protocol. 6 eggs retrieved, 4 fertilized, 3 transferred. 17wks4d with a singleton - Isabel 09/19/08, deliver at age 41.10.

*LouLou (42.4 FSH 12)-Added progsterone 2x a day per Dr.Check. Did natural monitoring had 9 follies the cycle I became pg. Had 2 other successful pg's at 38 and 40 but DS was stillborn 10/06. A m/c at 41.9. DD (Arielle) born 0n 11/14/2008.

* Peanut (41.10, highest FSH 59, FSH this cycle was 16) - TTC #2 for 2.5 yrs, 3 IUI, natural pregnancy Dec '06 m/c at 5.5 weeks, then started with Dr. Check - 3 IVFs all BFN then natural cycles with estinyl/femtrace FSH suppression & progesterone support - finally BFP!! DS Sean born January '09! (at 42.5 years young).

* Annie from Finland (47 y, highest measured FSH over three years ago 37), conceived naturally, no IVF, IUI nor fertility treatments. Laser acupuncture, wheatgrass, lot of exercise, healthy food, good spirit. I turned 47 on the 30 th Dec 08 and my darling baby girl was born on the 3 rd Jan 09

* double L (45.0, fsh 5-14), TTC #1 2 years. IUI's & IVF's. Acupuncture, herbs, qigong, wheatgrass, energy work. Ectopic pregnancy 8/07. 11 ET's with Dr. Check. Minimal stims, single-embryo transfer. Sweet, healthy DD born 4/10/09.

* Andrea (43, FSH 24), ttc #2 3.5 years, DD age 5, natural BFP 3/05 but m/c at 5 weeks, IUI 4/06 BFN, IVF#1 6/06 BFN, natural BFP 11/06 m/c at 10 weeks, natural BFP 9/07 m/c at 8 weeks (chromosomal), 3 IUI's neg from 11/07 to 1/08, BFP on low stim antagonist IUI 2/08 but m/c at 9w5d; BFP with low stim antagonist IUI in 7/08, DS born 3/09


Anonymous said...

SG, you and I are gonna be on that list....I just know it! Thanks for posting that......I needed to re-read it. :o)

xoxo, Tracy

Anonymous said...

just turned 40. ttc 2 yrs. my low fsh levels have been keeping me going (sorta) until today when i found out it is suddenly 9.5. still in ok range i know, but a big trend upward made me freak out this morning.

stumbling upon this post pulled me out of the "hole" today and has restored some hope.

thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Can I add my experience. I did 5 high stim IVF cycles at 41 (fsh was 13.2) This included 2 cancelled cycles. Had one chemical and never any leftover embies. Went down donor egg route at 42 ( DS born ). At 43, 4 months after DS born fell naturally pg without trying!

Anonymous said...

It's always encouraging to hear that there are so many others out there who are trying jsut as hard as I do. I am 44.6 years' old, still hoping for mircles to happen. I have failed one ivf and several iui's...

Anonymous said...

I got pregnant at 42 through ivf with my highest fsh at 32.3. I had only one egg that fertilized, and they transferred it, and I got pregnant. My son is now almost nine months old. My secret? DHEA, Acupuncture and Wheatgrass juice.

Anonymous said...

I have been lurking here for a while and I am so glad to be able to post. On 6/21/09, I had an FSH of 24 after being between 4 and 7 for two years. A month later, I CD3 FSH was 12.6. We were told that donor eggs would be the only way to conceive. On 8/28/09, after not even trying to conceive, we got a BFP and on 9/12/09, we saw our baby's heartbeat! It can happen; miracles do happen. Karen (40 years old)

IVF Clinic India said...

Great Post........

I found your site on stumble upon and I read some other posts.

Anonymous said...

Conceived baby naturally at 44 years, FSH over 80, no menstrual period for 5 months. Took DHEA 25 mg 3 x a day, and four sessions of accupuncture. Menstrual period returned in one month, was pregnant the next month. Healthy daugther born April 2009.

Anonymous said...

It'd be great if Estradiol levels were posted with the FSH levels! Thanks for the site.

Anonymous said...

43 yrs old now started trying at 41. 4 failed Ivf, 1st Ivf resulted in ectopic. No frozen embies. 10 failed iui. I grow avg 7 follies/eggs. Final iui next week and we move to donor. Fsh 7 to 10. Doc says must be poor egg quality. I have to give up to move on. It's so hard. Especially reading these stories. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year. I'm 41.5, first marriage at 40. Found out FSH 16.2 on day3. I was disappointed upon hearing the news, but didn't cry until about the 4th time the nurse told me she was so sorry about the results. Thanks for the hope.

Anonymous said...

What is a DS baby?

Anonymous said...

Yes, some of us are older, have low fsh but high e2 and would be interested in those stories, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Mini ivf versus guns-a-blazing? Seems like some drs advocate getting as many follicles as possible in the hope that one will be decent, while others say go gently with mini ivf, you need good quality, not quantity, don't overstimulate. What have you heard/experienced? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is the first site that has given me real hope having been diagnosed with FSH of 11 at 40 and doctors all very negative about chances. TTC for 1 year. One previous pregancy. dd born may 07. Still hoping for one more having read these posts. Anyone want company whilst doing the same?

IVF - CANCUN said...

Thanks for sharing a idea....Great post and informative
infertility treatments

Anonymous said...

That's a great site to know all the successful stories. It gives me much confidence in facing the coming result of blood test on 4/5/2012. I am 43, FSH 12 and did IVF this cycle with two 1G embryos transferred. Now is awaiting the miracle. God bless me!! Hope I could add my story into captioned successful list.

Anonymous said...

Captioned miracle have came true. I did pregnant and was confirmed by my blood test on 4/5/2012. Thanks God...........Hope everything will be smooth and a healthy baby will be delivered in 10 months.

Anonymous said...

Im 43, 3 failed IUI, poor egg quality that's why, IVF not done. My FSH is 119... but Im still hoping to get pregnant and Im holding to that hope...In God's will and time...

wannabpreggo3 said...

THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!! I have been so down. I turn 44 in two weeks. I have failed 2 IUIs then a natural pregnancy, but miscarried at week 8, then another IUI failed and 3 IVF (IVF#1 4 follicles, no eggs retrieved) #IVF2 FSH 40 estrogen prescribed for CD 3-8 2 follicles disappeard on CD 8 scan, because estrogen is what is in birth control (forehead slapper... what were they thinking? - DO NOT TAKE ESTROGEN IN THE FOLLICULAR STAGE *PRE OVULATION* TO LOWER FSH. YOUR FOLLICLES MIGHT DISAPPEAR)this also caused a cyst. IVF#3 FSH 15 2 follicles one egg retrieved, egg degenerated before fertilization) so you can see I've been down. But this post has given me hope! And hope is all I need! I do acupuncture, good diet, DHEA, CoQ10, royal jelly, red raspberry tea, B6, melatonin, visualization exercises, the works. If I get to my goal, I will definitely repost here. THANKS AGAIN!

Anonymous said...

Ladies - I read these posts for 4 years to remain hopeful and inspired and now I get to inspire others! I'm 44 and been ttc for 4 years. After 45 BFN's, we finally had a positive and I'm 6 weeks along!

1. IVF clinic #1 ID
7 IUI's
1 canceled IVF (btw canceled by Dr. Bc 1 follie - not aware we could have insisted that we continue IVF cycle)
1 failed IVF
FSH - below 10
Didn't stim well
Told POR and should go straight to donor egg bc my eggs 'must' be bad - in fact, Dr. audaciously picked out egg donor for us
Diagnosis: unexplained infertility (rather, disinterested infertility) and not advised of testing options, told 1% chance to conceive

IVF Clinic #2 CCRM
Performed AM test and follie count
FSH 10-15
Dr. said at my age of 42, could try a different stim protocol, but probably a 5% chance to conceive.
Knew from first clinic my body didn't like stim meds or most meds in general and started listening to my own instinct. Knew this clinic was not a good fit.

IVF Clinic #3 NHFC NY
Clinic offers natural and clomid stim cycles. I choose natural knowing my body doesn't like many meds.
7 out of 9 natural egg retievals result in 5-day blastocysts frozen for later transfers! WOOHOO! Go follies go! The first two clinics be damned about my "bad eggs"!
Dr. gave us 20-30% chance of conceiving.
During this process, my fsh fluctuated each month as did my collie count. My high fsh was 75 and the month I conceived it was 56!!!!!!!!
BTW, after the third blast transfer, I had researched implantation failure and insisted on testing for autoimmune and clotting disorders and tested positive for antithrombin and MTHFR. For the next blast transfer I was placed on baby aspirin and Lovenox and got pregnant!

What I learned and deduced:

1. Standard ivf clinics know but don't tell you that stim meds can impact the quality of follies since they go for quantity over quality. POR and LOR patients are harder to treat and can bring down the clinic's success rates so they try to chase them away via 1% pregnancy scare tactics or strong-arm them toward egg donors. (There are people who may legitimately need donor eggs.)

2. Consult with a Reproductive Immunologist who can run all autoimmune and clotting tests. It is vital to know if you have any issues that need to be treated BEFORE exploring IVF. You may waste a lot of money on failed IUI or IVF like I did. To think that perhaps all I needed was blood thinners to get pregnant...I spent over $100,000 to get pregnant.

3. If you have high fsh, POR, or are 40 or older, avoid standard IVF clinics and go straight to a clinic that offers natural IVF like New Hope or Dr. Check. They don't turn anyone away. They're not concerned with CDC statistics. They're often less expensive. They have a lot more experience in their labs. New Hope successfully retrieved 7 follies that all cultured to 5-day blasts and each one survived the thaw.

4. For what it's worth, I tried wheatgrass, bee pollen and acupuncture. Also, 3 weeks before this successful transfer, I went gluten-free for the heck of it. I've never tested for gluten sensitivity but decided to have a calm stomach/immune system. Also did acupuncture before and after transfer. New Hope mainly handles POR and over 40 crowd.

Anonymous said...

A few more things.....follie counts and fsh fluctuate month-to-month so testing only one month is taking a stab in the dark. The fluctuation can sometimes be quite dramatic so don't lose hope! One month's number does not define you or your issue!! And drs. are excessively pessimistic.

New Hope's highest fsh success story, when I asked a year ago, was in the 150's.

Don't believe everything the drs. tell you and don't give up hope!

"Is Your Body Baby Friendly?" Dr. Alan Beer (RI)
Dr. Braverman (RI) NY

A lot of RE's are dismissive of RI's, but IMHO, women struggling to conceive or who have more than one miscarriage should run straight to a Reproductive Immunologist first. Many insurances will cover the costs. Reproductive Endocrinologists should be last.

Yes, they sometimes used birth control or estrogen to bring my fsh down to jumpstart my cycle and it worked several times. It's an imperfect science but they're pretty experienced with it.

New Hope has a 95% thaw success rate - many clinics are 30% - 50%.

Anonymous said...

I had my first two children aged 40 and 41 after 4 miscarriages. I knew I wanted a third but as soon as my cycle reset after my second I knew it was changing. I was 42 by this time, had a stressful return to work, two toddlers and my father passed away, so I had a fertility check up just to see if there were any issues over and above my age to contend with and whether we should consider i v f. It was no surprise to learn that I had high fsg ( above 20), low amh ( below 1), shrinking ovaries and other likely symptoms of peri-menopause. On top of my age which was rapidly approaching 43, I was starting to have cycle irregularities where cycle length went from 18 days one month to 42 the next. So the doctors said donor eggs were my best chance, but maybe to try a cycle of clomid which he prescribed. Two weeks following the most depressing doctors visit I ever had in my many years of trying, I got a positive pregnancy test. Sadly at 11 weeks, despite a detected heartbeat at 9 weeks I had a missed miscarriage. Whilst most likely explanation is egg quality, I had two previous miscarriages which happened in the same way so who knows. I have no underlying reason for the miscarriages which could be definitively diagnosed. Anyway two months later I was pregnant again but again miscarried although thankfully at 5 weeks so no d and c needed. I am now 43, hoping for a miracle but knowing it's not likely and trying to celebrate the two wonderful children I have been lucky enough to have. Motherhood is a job I feel I was born to do ( even though the two toddlers do sometimes drive me nuts!!) and I do feel sad that I may have to face the fact that two may be the end of a very rocky road for me. At this stage I think I'd rather not get pregnant again than face a seventh miscarriage. It does get easier to cope, but the crushed hope is awful. Good luck to everyone trying whatever your age and remember you won't ever get pregnant if you don't try. For me that means timed inter course has given way to every 2-3 days over they cycle and ovulation tests, b b t and ewcm are much less reliable for me than they once were. Good luck and keep posting the positive stories - every glimmer of hope that is transferred is a wonderful gift.

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Jan said...

Sorry, buts its not true that "most" insurances cover the cost of reproductive immunology treatments. If you are over 35 with high FSH, you should consider a donor egg to get pregnant (sorry if that's not what you want to hear). Most of the top IVF clinics in the United States with the highest success rates do NOT prescribe immunology treatments such as IVIG, intralipids, etc. There is a reason for that. Immunology treatments are largely for women who refuse to believe their egg quality is poor.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jan,
I am a medical doctor having coagulation and immunology issues. Kindly read Alan's Beer book "Is your body baby friendly?", published studies about immune issues and some patients stories on the internet. Many immune patients have done 18, 19 or 24th IVF (including donor eggs) and had unrecognized implantation failures due to coagulation factors and immunity disturbance. Intralipids or IVIG helped them to have a child. Some patients with immune issues have done Humira, Wobenzyme N, LIT and got pregnant with IVF or naturally. Their FSH were great (many IVF clinics accepted them) and they failed IVF cycles. Anyway, reagarding high FSH I would like to give you one example: I decreased my FSH from maximum of 12 to 8!!! (for several months confirmed by a local lab) after changing my diet, yoga, vitamins and accupuncture with herbs. It cost me one year of though work but it is possible. Patients with high FSH do not need always donor egg. Many of them conceive on their own (despite high FSH). 1 more example: my girlfriend with high FSH got pregnant after I advised her after two miscarragies with blinded ovum (chromosomal abnormality) to try Clomid. After Clomid 2 rounds she got pregnant in her 44 and delivered a healty child. This small girl is now 1.5 years old doing great. Dear all, keep positive spirit, everything can happen. Keep going!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone! I’ve read all your wonderful stories. I’m sure they had already inspired and will inspire or a lot of women, who have problems with fertility. I also want to share mine. Maybe it will help somebody with their choice. It’s a long story, but I will try to make it short not to bore you much. During my whole life there were no men to have kids with. I was not really lucky in choosing partners and there were no one whom I wanted to have kids from. So here I am, 58 years old, no kids no family. I thought that it’s too late for all these. So I came to terms with the situation and continue my lonely life. But in a couple of months I met Jorge – the love of my whole life, a man who loved me with his whole heart, a man, whom I gave all my love. All those failures in love were just wiped out and forgotten. Now I have my dear Jorge and nothing else really matters. He was 63, he also had no kids, his story was completely as mine. We’ve decided that it’s time for us to build a family, which we had never had! I have menopause so we were not able to conceive a baby by our own. But we didn’t back down and decided to try donation. We’ve founded BioTexCom, Ukrainian clinic, and went there. Thanks to our doctor we have 2 beautiful girls! They are 3 years old and we are the happiest family in the world!

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Anonymous said...

I had been trying to get pregnant since 06.2009 but had no luck the doctors could bot find the problem. 04.2012. I got pregnant with chlomid but had a miscarriage. I saw a fertility doctor 09.2016 and was told that I could only get pregnant through IVF or IUI due to having PCOS. I started researching, on 07.2016. I came across a Doc email and I read about his herbs that can get me pregnant within 2 weeks then I took the herbs and followed as instructed By 07.18.2016 I got my period from 62 day cycle to 52 day cycle. By the second try I received positive pregnancy results. I am truly THANKFUL for as his herbs has given me a chance of being mom soon.

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