Post # 1
My husband and I (32/33 yo) started TTC 10 months ago with no luck. My doctor ordered CD3 bloodwork due to my irregular cycles and complex cysts on my ovary. Unfortunately the results did not come back like we would have hoped. My doctor referred me to an RE (appointment in a couple weeks) at an IVF clinic versus the one at his clinic. I, of course, went down the rabbit hole of internet searches of low AMH with high FSH.. which in retrospect was a terrible idea. Now I’m discouraged and sad. From all that I have read (I know, I know.. stay off the internet!) It appears as though my reserve as well as the quality of my eggs have diminished, leaving me with little hope of having a biological child. I’m not sure what I am looking for in writing this, more a vent than anything I suppose. Has anyone been in a similar situations with their levels? Any hope out there?
My CD3 levels:
Prolactin 7.37 ng/mL
LH 6.10 mIU/mL
Estradiol 24.0 pg/mL
TSH 1.498 uIU/mL
FSH 17.00 mIU/mL
Anti-Mullerian Hormone 0.349 ng/mL
Post # 2
Don’t count yourself out before you even meet with the RE. I remember all of the googling I did after my initial RE tests for myself and my husband. I was convinced we would never have a child. We did end up needing IVF to conceive but with the help of Ivf i now have a 9 month old.
Post # 3
I have VERY low AMH (.1) And high FSH (17Ish) and have had roughly the same numbers for years. In that time I have been pregnant 6 times, three of which were miscarriages, using clomid alone. I have now decided to do ivf to minimize future miscarriages, and ended up with 4 embryos, 3 of which are genetically normal and excellent quality.
All of that is to say that your levels don’t mean everything, it’s entirely possible to have a baby or babies with numbers worse than yours.
Post # 4
Good news is your amh isn’t that low and your FSH isn’t that high. You are young, too, which matters say more than those numbers. I definitely recommend avoiding google if you can. In theory, low amh really only tells you how you will respond to artificial hormones (ivf meds). Your AFC (Antral follicle count) at the RE is the best indicator. Assuming you still develop follicles, you *can* get pregnant but it might take a few tries. I did 6 IUIS (all BFN), 4 IVF REtrievals and fresh transfers (all BFN) before I got pregnant on my first FET. I was your age when I started with similar fsh, slightly better amh but male factor as well. it took me 3 years which isn’t exactly common but not unheard of either. My best recommendation is to jump straight in now while you are young. It’s scary, it’s expensive, it’s heart breaking but I can finally say that I’ve seen the forest through the trees and I know it will be worth in in 5 months when our babe is here. If you’re interested I’m in some fb groups for DOR (technically term for low amh) which are a good resource. Wishing you the best of lucky for a sticky baby soon. let me know if you have any questions about Ivf, IUI or anything else.
Post # 5
Thank you for your responses everyone!
littleanchor : Congrats on your BFP! Luckily we are in MA so our insurance must cover fertility. My husband did his SA on Friday, when I called for the results today I was told that they were out of the normal range so the doctor would be calling me. Sigh. Thank you so much for your kind words, they were very encouraging.
Post # 6
camoandglitter : sorry to hear about your situation, but definitely don’t count yourself out before you start with your RE. We just did ivf in August and honestly it wasn’t nearly as challenging as I expected.
I recommend the book It Starts With the Egg – there are a lot of things that may be helpful to improve amh
Post # 7
Hi everyone, just an update. I had my consultation at the IVF clinic. The RE told us to be cautiously optimistic, even though my numbers are not good, my age is in our side and insurance will cover 6 rounds of IVF. Thank you Massachusetts! (Only reason I am not complaining about the $42/hour parking fee at the garage near the clinic haha) I hope that 6 rounds is overkill but it is nice to know it’s an option. We are going to be going in for genetic testing and well as a follicle count ultrasound within the month so we can get started. He would like us to start the IVF process ASAP which is both exciting and terrifying. 😬 Thanks all for the encouragement!