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Hi Peter,

My fsh is high (12 at Xmas and 9.5 recently) and my clinic has recommended donor eggs as being my best chance of having a baby. Although I am comfortable with this (apart from the wait!), I wonder if there is any point at all in trying again with my own eggs. I think more than anything I'd always wonder what if?, if I didn't try again, but I know it's an hugely expensive and stressful gamble.

I have had one previous, unsuccessful cycle last summer(with an fsh of about 7, which was normal for me up until Xmas), produced nine eggs, eight were icsi-ed, six fertilised initially, four developed normally and the two best were transferred. the other two weren't suitable for freezing.

This was on a dose of 150 of merional, upped to 225 for the last few days. I was also on the pill beforehand to regulate my cycle, zoladex for down reg, and switched to nafelerin part way through due to a delay in starting my cycle. At my follow up they suggested no pill or zoladex and start on 225 of whichever drug.

I have also been pregnant once before at 18, but had a termination (could have done with a crystal ball back then!) I was told previously that this would increase my chances, but in light of my fsh I don't suppose it makes a difference now.

One thing I did wonder about though was my age. I'm 26 and remember reading somewhere that high fsh isn't quite so bad when you're younger - or is this complete rubbish?

I know I'm most likely clutching at straws, and that another cycle would be a mistake, but I would really appreciate another opinion, if only for my own peace of mind so I know I'm making the right decision.

Thanks for your help, Stella



 

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Hi Peter,

My fsh is high (12 at Xmas and 9.5 recently) and my clinic has recommended donor eggs as being my best chance of having a baby. Although I am comfortable with this (apart from the wait!), I wonder if there is any point at all in trying again with my own eggs.

An FSH of 12 is slightly high, 9.5 is OK. I am very surprised that your clinic is talking about donor eggs on the basis of these results.

I think more than anything I'd always wonder what if?, if I didn't try again, but I know it's an hugely expensive and stressful gamble.

Have more FSH studies done and find out the true position. 2 tests is not enough, try at least another 2 and see what the results are. If they are consistently greater than 12 then there is a problem, if not go ahead with another treatment.

I have had one previous, unsuccessful cycle last summer(with an fsh of about 7, which was normal for me up until Xmas), produced nine eggs, eight were icsi-ed, six fertilised initially, four developed normally and the two best were transferred. the other two weren't suitable for freezing.

A pity about the freezing but otherwise this is pretty good.

This was on a dose of 150 of merional, upped to 225 for the last few days. I was also on the pill beforehand to regulate my cycle, zoladex for down reg, and switched to nafelerin part way through due to a delay in starting my cycle. At my follow up they suggested no pill or zoladex and start on 225 of whichever drug.

Sounds a good plan.

I have also been pregnant once before at 18, but had a termination (could have done with a crystal ball back then!) I was told previously that this would increase my chances, but in light of my fsh I don't suppose it makes a difference now.

This FSH thing needs much more investigation before you go for donor eggs.

One thing I did wonder about though was my age. I'm 26 and remember reading somewhere that high fsh isn't quite so bad when you're younger - or is this complete rubbish?

A high FSH is bad news at any time but your is not really high!!

I know I'm most likely clutching at straws, and that another cycle would be a mistake, but I would really appreciate another opinion, if only for my own peace of mind so I know I'm making the right decision.

Talk this through in detail with your clinic before you make any decisions.

Good luck!!

Peter

Thanks for your help, Stella
 

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Thanks Peter,

We have one funded cycle left, so I'm going to contact the clinic and talk to them about trying again. I think while there is a chance, I'd regret not taking it.

Thanks again for you help, Stella
 

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Stella,

have you ever checked out www.highfsh.org?

It is informative.

I also understand that certain foods help lower your fsh.

Good luck.

 

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Hi Stella,

I really think you should go back to yor clinic and try again with a different protocol (higher dose? possibly), before giving up on your own eggs. My FSH has been as high as 19.6 but we have had a surprisingly good response on long protocol starting with a high dose and then stepping down the doseage.


Best of luck

Sammy x
 
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