1. I had multiple miscarriages, then a son, then a diagnisis of secondary infertility because of a high FSH (at age 34).
What I did was try Chinese medicine and herbs. I know that it worked because I noticed a drastic change in my ovulation patterns
over what I had seen with Clomid and my infertility treatments. I took False Unicorn root, black cohash (SP?), evening primrose
oil, and an herbal supplement called Female Harmony. I took only the recommended amounts on the package labels. You might
want to find a specialist in herbs to give you advice rather than experimenting yourself. I conceived three months after being
told my FSH was 24, and had a healthy baby. I took baby aspirin during my pregnancy and progesterone support (because of the
earlier miscarriage history), but it was a normal pregnancy. Good luck!
2. I had an FSH of 25 (age=39) last year, and I got pregnant on my third IVF attempt. You may want to consult with the
Cooper Center for IVF in Marlton, NJ, they seem to specialize with us high FSH'ers. Also, I believe a lot of their practice
is out of town patients, which I was. My fsh was tested at 89 June 8th...
I go to Dr Check "Cooper Center" in Marlton NJ.
I was placed on Estrynil and 22 days later fsh went from 89 to 62 to 16 then 8 and now 6. I ovulated in July and now on the
2ww..beta is July25....and I am 46 yrs old...no de speech yet.
So there is hope!!
3. Last year after 5 m/c (4 m/c before 10 wks and one a trisomy 7 baby girl at 14 wks)my FSH came back at 14, I was crushed
but had started taking my 1st 50 mg clomid cycle so figured what the heck. LOng story short that very cycle I conceived twins
who are now 8 mos. and very healthy. SO please dont give up, theres hope even after several m/c. Good luck to all!!!
4. I know it is difficult to stay positive following a miscarriage, but sucess IS possible! I had one m/c and one chemical
over pregnancy over the course of a year. The month following my chemical pregnancy, I conceived and four weeks ago gave birth
to a beautiful, perfectly healthy baby boy. My highest fsh was 22, with my fsh normally hovering around 17. I got pregnant
on a natural cycle just before my forty-third birthday, so between my age and fsh, things looked pretty dismal, but nonetheless,
success!!! Don't give up. Stay positive. If it can happen for me, it can happen for anyone!
5. I had 4 mcs over a period of 6 years and now have a month old Healthy Baby.
There were many times when we gave up
all hope and threw in the towel.
Highest FSH 35, No testing of babies that were lost. all lost at 8-9 wks.
39' Hang in there girls Miracles do happen
6. I was 38 and had been through 3 miscarriages in a row - 4 total. My FSH measured at 25! I could not believe this since
I kept getting pregnant. I then tried gonanditropins(?) to try to produce multiple eggs. The dosage was conservative and I
produced one egg - which did not pop out. I did get pregnant w/out assistance the next month, but lost the baby - chrom. problems.
I found these forums at that point. Fertility Blend by Daily Wellness and Wheatgrass were two themes. I tried them both together
(Wheatgrass tablets). (I was also using Soy Slimfast.) After 2 mos. I was pregnant again - and this time I got to keep it!
Baby was born March 7, 2003. Full term, perfect baby boy. I had just turned 40 years old.
7. you've already gotten pg once, and your FSH isn't sky high, so if your RE tells you you need DE, he's only concerned
about the success rates of his clinic. I conceived for the first and only time EVER at age 38 with IVF/ICSI/AH. My highest
FSH prior to this was 30. If you compare your situation with mine, you look like a MUCH more attractive patient! :-)
I think you have as much chance of success as anyone in the 'normal' population. Keep your chin and your hopes up, and be
prepared for the DE speech. But if you get it, do NOT let it get you down. You still have a great chance for a sibling for
your little one. Everyone with FSH over 10 seems to get the donor speech, unless she's going to a high FSH-friendly RE, as
I was, and I know plenty of women whose FSH levels were even higher than mine - and they conceived with their own eggs (and
carried healthy babies to term). GOOD LUCK!!!!! :-)))) And *stay positive*! ++++
8. you're still relatively young (that's what my clinic told me at 38 when my FSH was ***30***). And third, 12.6 is not
that high. Some clinics have a strict cut-off at 10, but there are clinics who'll work with high FSH patients. The key is
to find one. I did IVF/ICSI at 38 and got pg on that cycle. DD is now three. My highest FSH prior to that cycle was
30; I did a cycle of BCPs to lower FSH enough that I could cycle. Luckily, it worked, and my FSH went down to 5.4, and I was
able to cycle. My RE prescribes estinyl to lower FSH; that's where I am now, at nearly 42 and TTC #2. My d3 FSH this go-round
9. At 32 I was diagnosed with an fsh of over 21 and stage 4 endo. I was given the donor egg speach, told my only chance
was ivf and that the odds i'd bring home a baby were basically zero. We took the chance anyway, and we miraculously beat the
odds...X2. I gave birth to twins in Jan. Note that my RE said IVF was my only option because of the stage 4 endo...not because
of the high fsh. I don't know if she would've recommended clomid for high fsh absent the endo
10. My situation was similar to yours. I was 30 and was "diagnosed" with FSH of 15.1 - was given the donor egg speech.
Switched RE's and was told to try until we were ready to do something invasive. Miraculously, we did it and had a DD in June
2003. We were told that we had a less than 5% chance that it would happen. Fast forward... we tried for 13 months for #2 and
nothing happened. I was now 32 and realizing the older I got the worse it would be. So we opted to try IVF. I was a very poor
responder and our first cycle was cancelled. Tried again in Sept and only ended up with 2 embryos but one took and now I'm
pg again. I have certainly beaten all the odds. I'd say your age is hugely in your favor. My dr told me that Clomid doesn't
work with women with high FSH. Of course, all doctors are different.
11. I'm 34 and three weeks ago got the dreaded high FSH diagnosis. FSH was 17.1 on cd3, other values were normal range.
I had an HSG on cd9 of that cycle, got a +opk on cd13, bd'd that night (just for kicks, not thinking that my menopausal ovaries
were doing anything), and I'm now 5w pg. I'm not sure it will last, but for the moment, everything is fine. I wasn't planning
to see an RE - my OB and I decided that I would do 3 cycles of BCPs to suppress the FSH and then try clomid. If you do see
an RE, you should do a lot of FSH research - there are some promising treatments.
12. Long story short, I was given the less than 5% chance of using my own eggs and was told donor egg was the only option.
I had a miracle pregnancy and now have a 20 month old DD. We attempted IVF in June and was cancelled due to poor reponse.
Attempted it again in September. I was a low reponder but they managed to get 9 eggs of which only 3 were mature. Ended up
with only 2 embroys to transfer and now I'm 24 wks pg. My highest FSH was 15.1 So I certainly have beaten the odds - twice.
So please hang in there and don't give up hope.
13. What was your highest measured d3 FSH before conceiving? 35 and 21.9 (only times I had it tested)
your d3 FSH on the cycle you conceived? don't know
What did you do to conceive (natural, IUI, IVF, etc)? Natural with acupuncture
Did you do anything to attempt to lower FSH before conceiving? Acupuncture, diet changes, herbs, baby aspirin, Vit E, Calcium+Magnesium,
14. What was your highest measured d3 FSH before conceiving? 95 (not 9.5)
What was your d3 FSH on the cycle you conceived? Don't know, I wasn't cycling
What did you do to conceive (natural, IUI, IVF, etc)? Natural only
15. I too had an FSH of 15 when I started this IF nightmare. I was given that same "speech" many times. I went on to concieve
twice naturally (one ended in m/c) and I just successfully completed my first IVF with ICSI and I just got my 3rd positive
beta. So....IVF CAN BE successful with high FSH... I'm proof. And on top of that my DH has male factor! So hang in there and
know that it will and can happen. I wish you the best!
16. My first beta was 240 at 11dp4dt. Last year when I had a chemical my beta was less than 50 three days after my missed
period, so I'm feeling cautiously optimistic. My chances for m/c are still higher than for normal fsh, but so far, so good...
Just wanted you all to know that I succeeded with my own eggs despite high fsh (over 21) and stage 4 endo. My RE gave me the
donor egg lecture and we decided to give it one try with my own eggs anyway. It seemed like a one-in-a-million chance but
I guess we won the Powerball!
17. only lurk here occasionally now - got pg with acu and Chinese herbs after 3IUIs and 1 IVF. We were out of $ and I felt
as though I'd been run over by a truck.
Continued with acu and added herbs. Made a big change in my cycle (longer and heavier,
sorry if TMI) and we were pg a few months later. Uneventful pregnancy and beautiful, healthy dd born 6/05. me - 40 in 3 weeks,
high fsh 20
18. Got the same crap from two RE's in town. I believed them, and did do a donor egg cycle. The month
after the failed DE cycle, I got preg. naturally with my own precious, crusty egg. I'm have a genetically perfect girl. My
FSH was 18.9, I am 41. Get a new doctor, and good luck!
19. I'm only 34 with FSH 94.4 and I'm 21 weeks pregnant. Not one of the RE here in DE would talk
to me other than DE or adoption. I went right to DR Check in NJ after finding this site and I was pregnant naturally 3 months
later. I was on estinyl wheat grass tablets, womans multi vit and 1 baby asprin per day when we got pg.. Don't let any dr
turn you away or discourage you chin up head forward and nknow in your heart you can do this !! Good luck to you!!
20. I am 37 and my highest fsh level was 54.The month I became pg on
a natural cycle my FSh was 47. There is always hope.
21. I'm 39, pregnant for the first time ever. FSH was 17.5, and DH had
good motility but still low morphology at 7 months after a vasectomy reversal.
I had acupuncture twice a week for about
3 months, took a few herbs, and got pregnant on a natural cycle.
22. Normal day 3 FSH, failed CCCT (mine was almost 25!), the dreadful less than 1% speech, followed shortly thereafter
by a natural bfp
23. time on High FSH board before BFP: about 7 months
coping strategy: Lots of lots of PRAYER
and these boards
ART tried : One IVF cycle in August-September 2005 that failed because all four embryos were abnormal.
Other methods tried: Accupuncture 1x or 2x a week begining in June 2005 through December 2005 (12 weeks pregnancy); antioxidants
and royal jelly.
Age/FSH/IF issues: 40 years old, will be 41 at delivery. FSH ranged from 20-25. Two miscarriages in 2004,
one at 8 weeks, one at 11 weeks (this one was a partial molar pregnancy - was not allowed to get pregnant until April 2005,
when I chose to go straight to IVF.)
24. time on High FSH board before BFP: 8 months. I wish I'd found it sooner!
strategy: DH is wonderfully supportive, we help each other cope. I have a few friends who struggled with IF and it was good
to be able to talk to them. I tried RESOLVE which was very helpful. My sisters were very supportive even though they didn't
have IF issues. The boards here have been a life saver also.
ART tried : IUIs with femara (4)
Age/FSH/IF issues: 36.5
age / 21.5 highest fsh/ high fsh was the only issue as far as I know.
25. My FSH was measured at 178 when I was 18 years old. My periods had stopped, I had hot flashes,
no estrogen in my system, and was told I was in full blown menopause. This was 24 years ago, and since then I have been PG
6 times, and have 3 children. (I had 3 mc's)
26. I was dx with POF April/May 2002 with highest FSH of 164 and was given the DE speech, etc. I
moved on to Cooper/Dr Check and O'd 6 times in a year and a half on low dose estrogen (estinyl estradiol) to bring down my
FSH. Had b/w taken at least once a week, if not twice during that time to monitor any e2 rise. My O'ing was very sporadic
- CD5, CD23, etc etc ... also, my left ovary doesn't do much; 5 out of 6 follies were from the right ovary. There were no
other reasons or complications found with my POF such as immune issues & I had a clear HSG. no MF.
3 of the "cycles"
2 were chemical pregnancies
egg #6 was THE ONE !
We found out upon having my immune and thyroid
b/w redrawn the recommended year later that my TSH had gone up a bit (up to 5.1 from 2.39 in a year- goes along with POF usually)-
so I am on low dose synthroid to manage my thyroid hormones and this was the 1st cycle where everything "clicked."
did try injectables along the way - which did nothing to bring about a follie. Follistim did work in boosting a follie I already
had, but that ended in a chem. pg. Tried clomid twice and that did nothing except give me a 33mm estrogen producing cyst which
followed with 5-6 mos. of no O'ing.
I didn't make many dietary changes... ate a little less dairy and meats ... tried
ginko biloba but it made me nuts, and I never really drink caffeine anyway. I exercised a little bit, but nothing compared
to people who say they actually exercise! Oh, and we got a puppy
so, there's the story in a nutshell. hope it's helpful in some way. Bottom line- don't let them tell you it's impossible,
because it's not! If you’re willing to try, try – you’ll never know unless you know you’ve traveled