I'm so busy at work right now I shouldn't be taking the time to post, but I'm so sad about all of this. I'm 38, and have a wonderful 3 1/2 year old daughter whom I conceived with no trouble at all. About a year ago we started thinking of a second, using donor sperm this time (my husband has a genetic medical condition we don't want to pass along). My fertility doc seemed to think I would have no troubles, then did an FSH test: 14.9. We then did a Clomid challenge test, and it was 9 before and 12 after. Still, he thought my chances were pretty good; my AMH is normal, and I typically have an antral follicle count of 9-12. But 8 IUIs later (3 with Clomid, 1 natural, and 4 with Follistim), they look less good.
I'm in the middle of the 2-week wait for the 8th IUI, so please wish me luck! I'm sure my current anxiety levels aren't contributing to success. But this is the last one my insurance will pay for, so the pressure's on; then I need to sort out whether there's any point in going on to IVF.
In desperation (since I can't get in to see my doc again for another month), I posted a question to the message board of another fertility doctor and was told that it looks like I might be dealing with reduced egg quantity and quality, which has me really down right now--even though that guy was working with very limited information.
I expected it to be so easy, and I'm kicking myself for waiting a year (from age 37 to 38) coming to terms with the idea of using a donor. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!