low ovarian reserve does NOT mean decreased qualityMay 19 2007 at 9:35 AM
|maisie (Login maisie64)|
Response to Day 3 FSH = 9; Day 10 (CCT) = 19.5; Should I rule out IVF?
This just really irritates me that REs are not up on their research. My first RE told me I had poor ovarian reserve (also failed the CCT with numbers very similar to yours). I said, "What about the quality of my eggs?" He just said, "Same thing. Quality and quantity. Poor." I'm no doctor, but I'm also no idiot. That comment just didn't make any sense; quality and quantity are NOT the same thing. That's what provoked me to become more educated about IF, FSH, etc. I've read the research you're referring to. I also got two more opinions. REs #2 and #3 both said that my CCT results only indicate that I'm not a good candidate for ovarian stimulation, but as my latest RE says, "You really don't know until you try." As for quality, my Dr. says there is NO test for that other than going in and taking out your ovary and looking at your eggs under a microscope. And of course, no one is going to do that. Age is the best predictor of quality, yet as we all know, it's not at all unusual for women to have children in their 40s.
Additionally, I've been told by my acu. that breastfeeding CAN throw off your hormones. It can take several months to get back in balance.
IMO, I think you have a good plan -- to try at least one stimmed IUI. Then you should definitely fight for IVF if you're willing to give it a chance! Best of luck to you --