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Offline dips

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Hi all

I am 42, have low AMH and diagnosed as "unexplained". I was blessed on my 3rd IVF with a DS who is nearly 6 years old now. We are trying for a sibling and we had another IVF cycle last year in March which was a BFN. Trying again this year and wanted to start a cycle last month but on my day 1 baseline scan there were no follicles in either ovary. I thought maybe it was just a bad month and left it to this month but my day 2 baseline scan yesterday showed the same thing - no follicles in either ovary!

I know from my earlier IVF history that I have very low egg reserve but I have always seen follicles on my baseline scans so this is something completely unexpected! I have pretty regular and normal periods.

My questions are - Has anybody had this kind of experience? What does it mean in terms of me trying IVF? Are there any therapies or drugs that might help/improve the situation?

Any experiences, help or advice would be welcome!

Dips xx

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    « Reply #1 on: 3/05/19, 18:50 »
    HI dips, argh bless you, it is really hard to know what is going on with our bodies when this happens and as always time is of the essence. I have just had the same thing happen I am currently doing a Tandem cycle and I have just been for my first scan and there was no follicles? It is the first time this has ever happened to me and I think it may well be because I have been put on the pill for 2 months or its just my age? I now have to decide if I want to go straight to donor or abandon the cycle? Just like you I normally get low amount of follicles 3 sometimes 5 but never 0 it is a strange one. I think you should keep trying, if you are having regular periods then it is possible.  :) :)

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    « Reply #2 on: 3/05/19, 19:53 »
    Yes, I had a cycle where there was no follicle and we went ahead. Collected two follicles and one was empty. Do you have your FSH and AMH checked? Thanks


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    « Reply #3 on: 8/05/19, 18:19 »
    Thank you both so much for your replies.

    san2016 - Am so sorry, I completely understand how you must feel. It is such a blow when all u want to do is go ahead with the cycle! I hope you are able to take a decision that you are happy with.

    Juliasw11 - That is great! I am just relieved to know that is does happen as I was beginning to think I am the only one who has experienced this. I had my FSH tested a while back but never had AMH tested as I have always known that my AMH is low and I thought testing it would be just a number but stress me more!

    I had another scan on day 7 as per my consultants advice and there was 1 follicle on my left ovary. She has advised to have another scan on Friday to see if it is growing and if we can just go ahead as a natural cycle without any stimulation.

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    « Reply #4 on: 9/05/19, 06:27 »
    Hi dips, I jumped straight to DE its been a long 5 years on treatment and time is getting on so we have gone for it and so far so good, so really happy with our decision. :)
    All you need is 1 follicle, my last 2 cycles I only got 1 follicle but really good grade egg from each, they did not implant but for many women on here who have a low egg reserve they do, so fingers crossed for you.
    Good luck for you scan on Friday.