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Re: High FSH new here looking for info and support

February 19 2016 at 12:47 PM
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Response to High FSH new here looking for info and support

I don't think it is too late for you with your age and number. I just think it is going to take a lot of persistence and if you are like me with insurance, money. I was 37 when I achieved success the 2nd time around. My FSH had tested at 32 2 years prior. My AMH was .28. My AFC was 0-4. Usually when I tried medium to high stims, I either had a cyst and had to cancel or I had to cancel because I had very little growth. I made it to ER a few times, but I had no fertilization, empty follicles, poor growth, etc. I ended up going to see Dr. Davis at Cornell. He initially suggested high stims with me, which I tried, with disastrous results. Eventually, he suggested a low stim protocol of microdose Lupron and estrogen priming and 75 mg of menopur per day. I never responded well on this protocol, but I did respond with 1 follicle. I cancelled my cycle, refused IUI, took the trigger shot and became pregnant via timed intercourse. I think this protocol helped me finally get a good quality egg. So, quality over quantity.

So, I would see if there is a doc you could go to that would try a lower stim protocol. I think when the FSH is your level, it is imperative if you have found that your eggs are being "fried" by the high stims. I think it could take you numerous tries.

You aren't getting many eggs out of high stims anyway, so I don't understand why docs push them in this case. It is my theory, which is supported by really nothing that I know of other than my experience, that sometimes us high FSHers are having trouble maturing our own eggs in our body. So, when we have the help with just a little stims that will not damage our eggs which seem to be damaged more easily with stims, then it is easier to be pregnant. I often wonder if the success rate in this sort of case would be the same if we just did low stims and IUI rather than IVF; I really don't know.

So, in sum, I would find a doctor who will do lower stims on you. I would probably consult with Dr. Davis at Cornell. Although I cycled at Cornell a few times, I ended up finding a local doctor in Houston who would let me use Dr. Davis protocol. If you could find this same situation, which might take some looking around, this would be ideal.

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