I'm not really pregnant, just wanting to with my FSH. hehe.
Just looking to see if anyone can give me encouragement or experience with IVF?
I have autoimmune POF (well almost high FSH 19) and was told by a doctor (gynacologist) that IVF could make things worse because of the drugs. I stll have some follicles so want to try.
Anyone have positive result or did IVF make your FSH higher after? I'd love to hear anyone with the same as me (autoimmune antibodies).
Personally, I haven't heard of that. I have an immune system issue too, but mine was extremely bad antisperm antibodies. My body basically disables any sperm that gets near me. IVF was the only way that I could get pregnant, and on my second IVF at age 39 I got pregnant with my daughter who is now a healthy one year-old. My highest FSH was 20. Plenty of us here have had healthy children with FSHs higher than yours.
Most gynecologists and OBs do not know much about fertility. You should consult with a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) to discuss this.
By the way, you say that you have POF (premature ovarian failure). That would mean that you aren't having periods and are in menopause. Is that really true, or did this gynecologist tell you that because of your FSH?
Premature Ovarian Failure per the Mayo Clinic: "Premature ovarian failure refers to a loss of normal function of your ovaries before the age of 40. If your ovaries fail, they don't produce normal amounts of the hormone estrogen or release eggs regularly. Infertility is a common result.
Premature ovarian failure is sometimes referred to as premature menopause, but the two conditions are not exactly the same. Women with premature ovarian failure also known as primary ovarian insufficiency may have irregular or occasional periods for years and may even become pregnant. Women with premature menopause stop having periods and can't become pregnant.
Restoring estrogen levels in women with premature ovarian failure helps prevent some complications, such as osteoporosis, but infertility is harder to treat."
That said, I am 35 and have not had a period in one year and there is not an RE or GYN that will say it's menopause so I do get there is criteria but it doesn't seem that everyone follows that when it comes to age.
Best of Luck Ellie - Jaime gave good advice in seeking out an RE to give you, your best options. Definitely find someone high fsh friendly as not all RE's are the same.