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PJ's Story

My husband and I started trying seriously to conceive when he and I were both 35 - in 2001. With no inkling that we would have any issues, we tried for a year before we considered consulting a doctor. Then I had a few tests run which were all fine and we kept trying. I started using a fertility monitor. Still, we had no luck. After two years, we consulted a reproductive endocrinologist (RE). We had some more tests run on both my husband and me and all the results were fine. Over the next six months I had three failed IUI's with injectibles; each with a very poor response; just one follicle. If my FSH was tested during this timeframe, it was always low. After three failed IUI's and a hysteroscopy to remove a small polyp, my RE ran a clomid challenge test which is an attempt to identify diminished ovarian reserve (DOR). I flunked this test with flying colors with a day 10 FSH of 45 (it should be less than 10). My RE gave us the bad news; there was virtually no chance of conceiving with my own eggs; we needed to consider either egg donation or adoption.

After having a chance to digest this horrible news, we decided that as a first step we needed to get a second opinion. So I went to another RE in another city, ran another clomid challenge test and flunked again. Same news from this doctor; 1% chance of conception even with IVF and we needed to consider egg donation or adoption. While in this city, I found out that many RE's were supporting the concept of acupuncture for patients with infertility. So while in this city, I did several acupuncture sessions and I read Randine Lewis' book - The Infertility Cure - and started on several of the supplements that she recommends.

So then we decided we needed to bring in the best of the best; I went to see a third RE who is seen as an expert in the field (this clinic also has a very large egg donation program) and my day 3 FSH was 19.9 which was over this clinic's cutoff for IVF which is 15. About three weeks later we had a phone conference with this doctor; he delivered the same bad news that we knew was coming; 1% chance of conception and we needed to consider egg donation or adoption. So we set the wheels in motion and set up a meeting with the coordinator for the egg donation program.

Little did we know, however, that in between the time that my FSH was measured and the time that we spoke to the third doctor, I had conceived naturally. My husband and I were in shock when my period was late and the home pregnancy test was positive. I went to see my first RE (because he was near my home) and he confirmed the pregnancy but he told us that the risk of miscarriage was very high. I also spoke to the other two RE's and they were no more optimistic than the first. So for three months we were on pins and needles waiting to hear the worst, but all was well. The whole pregnancy went very smoothly and I delivered a healthy baby boy in 2005. As I write this, we are trying to conceive again; hoping for another miracle baby.

See PJ's website - www.highfshinfo.com - and don't forget to read the continuation of her story!

 

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