37 yo FSH 15 - any point in trying?

37 yo FSH 15 - any point in trying?

Shayna
Shayna

August 4th, 2012, 3:17 pm #1

A few months ago I had an FSH reading of 12.8; continued to do monitoring with blood work/ultrasound in first few days of cycle, followed by blood work/monitoring around ovulation. This month started clomid for the first time (100 mg days 5-9) intending to do an IUI. On Friday (day 10) I was told I had an FSH reading of 15 this month (not clear to me whether was a reading from Friday or from the earlier baseline). RE still intends to follow through with the IUI on Monday (ovidrel today), but suggested that some women receiving this news stop treatment entirely. DH (I'm not very good with these chat board terms but am trying) is less into having children than I am and may not be on board with the IVF concept, and definitely won't be on board with donor eggs. Does anyone know any places I can go to see what likely success rates are for IUI or IVF for a 37 year old with an FSH of 15? I'm trying to figure out whether I am really just infertile. Thanks.
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Shayna
Shayna

August 4th, 2012, 3:48 pm #2

Also, I was trying not to be obsessive about this whole process (started seeing RE in March) so I wasn't googling and I wasn't writing down all of my #s every month. I have no idea what my AFC #s ever were or even what that stands for. I know on the clomid this month I had one large (20mm) follicle on right side at ultrasound on day 10 (follicles are always on right side since March). It seems like I should go collect all my #s since March and post here? I am going to stop googling the doom and gloom now that I have found this page which seems helpful. Thanks ladies in advance for your thoughts. Also, has anyone else encountered the situation where you and your DH differed on "how far" down the slippery slope of fertility treatments you each wanted to go?
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Shayna
Shayna

August 4th, 2012, 3:58 pm #3

Also I am seeing a RE as mentioned but I don't know if she is considered a "high FSH RE specialist" - any recommendations in philly?
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Raindrops1
Raindrops1

August 4th, 2012, 5:07 pm #4

A few months ago I had an FSH reading of 12.8; continued to do monitoring with blood work/ultrasound in first few days of cycle, followed by blood work/monitoring around ovulation. This month started clomid for the first time (100 mg days 5-9) intending to do an IUI. On Friday (day 10) I was told I had an FSH reading of 15 this month (not clear to me whether was a reading from Friday or from the earlier baseline). RE still intends to follow through with the IUI on Monday (ovidrel today), but suggested that some women receiving this news stop treatment entirely. DH (I'm not very good with these chat board terms but am trying) is less into having children than I am and may not be on board with the IVF concept, and definitely won't be on board with donor eggs. Does anyone know any places I can go to see what likely success rates are for IUI or IVF for a 37 year old with an FSH of 15? I'm trying to figure out whether I am really just infertile. Thanks.
Well you are only 37. That's not very old Your FSH level needs to be taken on day three. So, your FSH number of 15 is not accurate for comparison. And 15 is not that high of a number but it would be better if it were lower.

Do, you know what your AMH blood level is? AFC stands for antral follicle count. It gives a good idea as to how many follicles you will have to retrieve in an IVF cycle. You really need all those numbers to determine your chances of success with an IVF cycle. You also need a semen analysis of your DH. There is also a test called an HSG procedure which looks at your uterus and your tubes to see if everything looks ok.

I'm sure many of the women on the boards have partners or husbands that were not really very interested in pursuing fertility treatments. My DH was not. My DH and I are older than you by several years in the fertility world. He was happy to just leave things as is. But I really really wanted another child. So, after two OE IVF cycles and a DE cycle we now have a beautiful little baby that we love very much. It was not a stroll in the park to get this baby. Very expensive and emotionally challenging. But I am so very happy he is here now

Look through your data and see if you can find what your numbers are. Your RE should be able to give you an estimate of your chances with an IVF cycle. My RE gave me a low chance of success with my OEs but we gave it a try anyways.
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gone_fshn
gone_fshn

August 4th, 2012, 6:18 pm #5

A few months ago I had an FSH reading of 12.8; continued to do monitoring with blood work/ultrasound in first few days of cycle, followed by blood work/monitoring around ovulation. This month started clomid for the first time (100 mg days 5-9) intending to do an IUI. On Friday (day 10) I was told I had an FSH reading of 15 this month (not clear to me whether was a reading from Friday or from the earlier baseline). RE still intends to follow through with the IUI on Monday (ovidrel today), but suggested that some women receiving this news stop treatment entirely. DH (I'm not very good with these chat board terms but am trying) is less into having children than I am and may not be on board with the IVF concept, and definitely won't be on board with donor eggs. Does anyone know any places I can go to see what likely success rates are for IUI or IVF for a 37 year old with an FSH of 15? I'm trying to figure out whether I am really just infertile. Thanks.
When I started TTC I was also 37 and had an FSH of 15.7, so your story hits home for me. You don't mention who your current RE is. Ultimately I had IVF success with Dr. C.heck. You may want to at least do a consult with him. He may even suggest you try with timed intercourse only (which might be a good option for you considering your DH's concerns)

I had a failed IVF from another RE who also made it seem my FSH levels were a concern. C.heck, however, was not concerned at all and sure enough I had success with him 3 months later on my 2nd IVF attempt with him (and third attempt overall) and delivered DS in June of last year. THEN, I had a surprise natural pg when DS was 9 months old and am due with baby #2 in November!

So in a word yes there is good reason to try Hope that helps, feel free to let me know if you have any questions. And also know there are many women here with age/FSH levels the same or higher who went on to have success.
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gone_fshn
gone_fshn

August 4th, 2012, 6:19 pm #6

I see you are in Philly - Dr. c.heck has offices right in the area
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Joined: October 19th, 2011, 12:24 am

August 4th, 2012, 7:28 pm #7

A few months ago I had an FSH reading of 12.8; continued to do monitoring with blood work/ultrasound in first few days of cycle, followed by blood work/monitoring around ovulation. This month started clomid for the first time (100 mg days 5-9) intending to do an IUI. On Friday (day 10) I was told I had an FSH reading of 15 this month (not clear to me whether was a reading from Friday or from the earlier baseline). RE still intends to follow through with the IUI on Monday (ovidrel today), but suggested that some women receiving this news stop treatment entirely. DH (I'm not very good with these chat board terms but am trying) is less into having children than I am and may not be on board with the IVF concept, and definitely won't be on board with donor eggs. Does anyone know any places I can go to see what likely success rates are for IUI or IVF for a 37 year old with an FSH of 15? I'm trying to figure out whether I am really just infertile. Thanks.
Your FSH would barely be considered elevated at some clinics and labs. If you want a clear picture of ovarian function, Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) and antral follicle count (AFC) are also important measures.

Generally, all these measures tell you is that you have a lower chance per cycle. It doesn't mean you won't have a BFP eventually.

I'd check out the CDC's statistics to give you some idea of success rates. Just remember some clinics cherry pick their patients and won't treat the diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) ladies. (We call ourselves high FSH on this board, but a clinician would use the DOR term.)

Good luck! You still have a good chance via IVF or IUI of getting a BFP.
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August 4th, 2012, 7:41 pm #8

A few months ago I had an FSH reading of 12.8; continued to do monitoring with blood work/ultrasound in first few days of cycle, followed by blood work/monitoring around ovulation. This month started clomid for the first time (100 mg days 5-9) intending to do an IUI. On Friday (day 10) I was told I had an FSH reading of 15 this month (not clear to me whether was a reading from Friday or from the earlier baseline). RE still intends to follow through with the IUI on Monday (ovidrel today), but suggested that some women receiving this news stop treatment entirely. DH (I'm not very good with these chat board terms but am trying) is less into having children than I am and may not be on board with the IVF concept, and definitely won't be on board with donor eggs. Does anyone know any places I can go to see what likely success rates are for IUI or IVF for a 37 year old with an FSH of 15? I'm trying to figure out whether I am really just infertile. Thanks.
Hello - Just wanted to let you know that my FSH was 14.3 when I was 34/35 and I had successful IVF at 36. I then went on to have a natural pregnancy at 27. It can happen, regardless of what these doctors tell you. Trust me, I got the donor egg speech but I chose to say thank you very much and then ignore it. I wanted to try with my own eggs. Trust your instincts.

Take care,
Sarah
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Sara H
Sara H

August 4th, 2012, 11:47 pm #9

A few months ago I had an FSH reading of 12.8; continued to do monitoring with blood work/ultrasound in first few days of cycle, followed by blood work/monitoring around ovulation. This month started clomid for the first time (100 mg days 5-9) intending to do an IUI. On Friday (day 10) I was told I had an FSH reading of 15 this month (not clear to me whether was a reading from Friday or from the earlier baseline). RE still intends to follow through with the IUI on Monday (ovidrel today), but suggested that some women receiving this news stop treatment entirely. DH (I'm not very good with these chat board terms but am trying) is less into having children than I am and may not be on board with the IVF concept, and definitely won't be on board with donor eggs. Does anyone know any places I can go to see what likely success rates are for IUI or IVF for a 37 year old with an FSH of 15? I'm trying to figure out whether I am really just infertile. Thanks.
I was kicked out by 2 dr.s becuase of high FSH. From this board I was advised to see dr. C.heck at the "Cooper Institute" as well. THANK GOODNESS I DID!

He leveled out my hormones, got me down from an FSH of 58 to the normal range and I get pregnant within 6 cycles. I will be delivering in a few weeks!

The problem seems to be this: There was a study in the 80's that said ladies with elevated FSH could not get pg. and their was no point in lowering FSH, sine the woman "was only as bad as her worst reading". All of the dr.s, except a few, were trained from this study or were trained by people who were trained from this study. Dr.s like Ch.eck were trained BEFORE and hate this study, since he has helped tons of ladies get pg despite their FSH or by lowering it, like me!

As already stated: any bloods done after day 3 are not to be worried about, especially if you took Clomid, which raises FSH in general.

What matters most right now is follicle growth. If they have seen follicles and they are growing well do your IUI and hope for the best! You could have great success!

My successful cycle my FSH started at 15 and I was 37! Of course, there is no saying what worked for one person will ever work for another, I don't mean that, I from what you have posted there seems to be good hope.

hugs to you and good luck!
Sara H
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Sara H
Sara H

August 5th, 2012, 1:20 am #10

A few months ago I had an FSH reading of 12.8; continued to do monitoring with blood work/ultrasound in first few days of cycle, followed by blood work/monitoring around ovulation. This month started clomid for the first time (100 mg days 5-9) intending to do an IUI. On Friday (day 10) I was told I had an FSH reading of 15 this month (not clear to me whether was a reading from Friday or from the earlier baseline). RE still intends to follow through with the IUI on Monday (ovidrel today), but suggested that some women receiving this news stop treatment entirely. DH (I'm not very good with these chat board terms but am trying) is less into having children than I am and may not be on board with the IVF concept, and definitely won't be on board with donor eggs. Does anyone know any places I can go to see what likely success rates are for IUI or IVF for a 37 year old with an FSH of 15? I'm trying to figure out whether I am really just infertile. Thanks.
Had to re-post since I got timed out and the warning did not come up, my apologies!

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