TTC after 35

Gyneco says OK to have baby

Exciting news!

Despite being almost 45, the gynecologist told us today that my body is well enough to have a baby. So we're getting busy.

I am also an international bumpie. I live in France. I married a Frenchman and have been living here for almost two years.

Any other bumpies in France, or in another country in Europe?

I am originally from the state of Hawaii.

I did a study abroad my Junior Year in College and fell in love with the country. Many years later, I met and fell in love with a Frenchman to whom I am happily married.

Aloha and merci,

hulagirl 

Re: Gyneco says OK to have baby

  • Welcome, and good luck. What kind of testing did your gyno do? You might want to request FSH and AMH tests at a minimum just to rule out certain common age related issues early. A fair number of us here have found out the hard way that even if our bodies are quite healthy our eggs can be crap, unfortunately.

    ETA: apologies in advance if your siggy contains testing info; I'm posting from an iPhone and can't see siggies.



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    Normal-ish hormone levels (<9.5 FSH, 0.9 AMH).  Weird egg maturity issue.
    July 2011 - Feb. 2012: 2 Clomid/TI cycles; 3 injectables/IUI cycles. Good response but BFNs.
    Dec. 2011: Laparoscopy (clear) + hysteroscopy to remove uterine polyp.
    Apr. 2012: IVF #1: Antagonist protocol. 7R, 0M, 0F. :-(
    Nov. 2012: IVF #2: Long Lupron protocol. 9R, 1M, 1F. 3dt of my one lil' embie on 11/23: BFN. :-(
    Dec. 2012: Hail Mary IUI cycle with leftover IVF meds: BFN.
    Feb. 2013: IVF #3: Estrogen priming protocol, max stims. 6R, 1M, 1F w/rescue ICSI. My one embie didn't make it. :-(
    July 2013:  DE IVF #1. Canceled just before retrieval when donor tested positive for (active) CMV.  :-(
    Oct. 2013:  DE IVF #2, with wonderful new donor. ER 10/25:  31R, 24F. 5dt of one beautiful 4AB blast: 10/30. 14 frosties. BFP at 5dp5dt. Beta 11/8 (9dp5dt): 179. Beta 11/15 (16dp5dt): 2274. First US 11/25 (6w3d): a perfect little bean with a HB of 118. Second US 12/9 (8w3d): HB 170. Anatomy scan 2/27:  It's a GIRL!  Beautiful DD born 7/24/2014 weighing 8lb 15oz.  100% worth it all.  

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  • Welcome and best of luck!  How cool to be living in France, I've never been but my daughter went there with her school last year as part of a Europe trip (England, France, and Italy) and enjoyed it a lot.  Paris not so much, the Eiffel Tower was neat but she found the city itself to not feel so safe to her.  But she loved Nice/south of France, would definitely go back if she could.


         

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    Married August 2012. Me: 41  DH: 42 
    Daughter from previous marriage: 20

    TTC #2 since August 2012
    BFP 12/19/12: Ectopic discovered at 8 weeks, right tube removed 01/18/13
    June 2013 Testing Results: Progesterone: 31.7, LH: 5, FSH: 5, Estradiol: 161
    Clomid cycles Nov. 2013 and Jan, Feb, and March 2014

    Benched end of July 2014 while investigating excessive bleeding and possible brain issues

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  • Welcome!  What part of France are you in?  I live in the US but spent a large portion of my younger years in the UK and Spain, with frequent trips to France.  One of my best friends is from France.  I often joke about running away to live with him.  :)
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  • Merci and Thank You. I don't know the French technical terms but he examined "down there" and said we can go ahead and TTC naturally.

    He thought at first it would be difficult TTC at my age, but after examining me he was surprised and positive my 'ole body was OK to have a baby.

    What is FSH and AMH? I tried looking it up but couldn't find the definitions.

    How does one get their siggy up on the post? Sorry about all these questions. I am a newbie.

     

     

  • image gscoville:
    Welcome and best of luck!  How cool to be living in France, I've never been but my daughter went there with her school last year as part of a Europe trip (England, France, and Italy) and enjoyed it a lot.  Paris not so much, the Eiffel Tower was neat but she found the city itself to not feel so safe to her.  But she loved Nice/south of France, would definitely go back if she could.

    Thank You!

    I live in a small town outside of Paris and was holding on to my purse in the metro the last time I visited so I know how your daughter felt. Yes, Paris is a very pretty and charming city but I feel safe only in the "good neighborhoods." It has changed so much in that sense since I was a student twenty something years ago.

    The town I live in is in the region of Brittany, off the Atlantic Coast. It is quaint and the people are really nice. Easy to make friends. Like this forum.

    Talk to you later.

    hulagirl 

  • image jrtmom:
    Welcome!  What part of France are you in?  I live in the US but spent a large portion of my younger years in the UK and Spain, with frequent trips to France.  One of my best friends is from France.  I often joke about running away to live with him.  :)

    Thank you. I live in the region of Brittany, in a small town about four hours outside of Paris.  

  • Welcome!  The test they are talking about it so see the quality of your eggs.  It is most often done on days 3-5 of your cycle.  You can be physically very healthy but your eggs not so much.  If you don't conceive in 3 months I would reccomend getting the test!

     

     Good luck and welcome!

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    - poor responder
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    IVF#1 and 2- Cancelled due to no response on max stimms
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  • image moonyunchoi:

    I live in a small town outside of Paris and was holding on to my purse in the metro the last time I visited so I know how your daughter felt. Yes, Paris is a very pretty and charming city but I feel safe only in the "good neighborhoods." It has changed so much in that sense since I was a student twenty something years ago.

    Ah yes, that's exactly what my daughter reported.  And it didn't help that she had a very intimidating run in with an extremely aggressive statue vendor at the Eiffel Tower, got her separated from her group and then basically wouldn't let her go until she bought a $20 Euro gaudy tower replica.  But then she's grown up in a small town and doesn't have any experience dealing with pushy vendors and just didn't feel comfortable getting aggressive herself and saying 'NO!' and moving on.  Good life lesson for her though! :)


         

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    Married August 2012. Me: 41  DH: 42 
    Daughter from previous marriage: 20

    TTC #2 since August 2012
    BFP 12/19/12: Ectopic discovered at 8 weeks, right tube removed 01/18/13
    June 2013 Testing Results: Progesterone: 31.7, LH: 5, FSH: 5, Estradiol: 161
    Clomid cycles Nov. 2013 and Jan, Feb, and March 2014

    Benched end of July 2014 while investigating excessive bleeding and possible brain issues

    TTCAL BLOG

    All ALers welcome!

  • Welcome and congrats!  I don't know all the acronyms either, I'm slowly learning.  Best of luck to you as you TTC!  You'll have to bring a little culture to the forum!  I've never been to Europe, it all sounds so romantic :)
  • image ksgsmu:

    Welcome!  The test they are talking about it so see the quality of your eggs.  It is most often done on days 3-5 of your cycle.  You can be physically very healthy but your eggs not so much.  If you don't conceive in 3 months I would reccomend getting the test!

     

     Good luck and welcome!

    Thank you. Will do! How are you doing? 

  • image kjmitlyng:
    Welcome and congrats!  I don't know all the acronyms either, I'm slowly learning.  Best of luck to you as you TTC!  You'll have to bring a little culture to the forum!  I've never been to Europe, it all sounds so romantic :)

     Thank you. Yes, it is quite a change living in the French countryside as opposed to the big city in Paris. Love both. DH and I got to visit the ch?teau along the Loire Valley, which was very nice. That is where they have the huge and famous ch?teaus (castles) and we visited five of them. Also, we got to stay at a Renaissance castle a few months ago. It is owned by a friend of a friend. So we got the VIP treatment. Each day, I discover something new and the people in general are really nice. Hope you get to visit. 

  • Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

    and here is a link to most terms used on the forum, it can be found in the list on the left towards the bottom.

     

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    Me: 41 DH: 46. We are TTC our 1st, started July '11,
    3 cycles clomid with Ob,
    1 cycle Tamoxifen with Ob,
    Diagnosed PCOS 11/5/12
    clomid, trigger & timed bd 12/12 BFN
    1st clomid IUI 1/4/13 BFN.
    2nd clomid IUI 2/13 cancelled didn't respond to clomid.
    3/15/13 scheduled laparoscopy & on bcp.

    May 10 IUI from injectibles - BFN 

    May 22 done with interventions it will either happen or it won't. 

    February 2014 No longer actively trying, but not preventing. 

     

  • Oh and welcome good luck hope your stay is short!

    image
    My Ovulation Chart



    Me: 41 DH: 46. We are TTC our 1st, started July '11,
    3 cycles clomid with Ob,
    1 cycle Tamoxifen with Ob,
    Diagnosed PCOS 11/5/12
    clomid, trigger & timed bd 12/12 BFN
    1st clomid IUI 1/4/13 BFN.
    2nd clomid IUI 2/13 cancelled didn't respond to clomid.
    3/15/13 scheduled laparoscopy & on bcp.

    May 10 IUI from injectibles - BFN 

    May 22 done with interventions it will either happen or it won't. 

    February 2014 No longer actively trying, but not preventing. 

     

  • image kjmitlyng:
    Welcome and congrats!  I don't know all the acronyms either, I'm slowly learning.  Best of luck to you as you TTC!  You'll have to bring a little culture to the forum!  I've never been to Europe, it all sounds so romantic :)

    Thank you. Will do. Yes, DH makes Europe especially more romantic. 

  • image ksgsmu:

    Welcome!  The test they are talking about it so see the quality of your eggs.  It is most often done on days 3-5 of your cycle.  You can be physically very healthy but your eggs not so much.  If you don't conceive in 3 months I would reccomend getting the test!

     

     Good luck and welcome!

    That is a good idea. I will take your suggestion. 

  • image HeathernSteven:

    Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

    and here is a link to most terms used on the forum, it can be found in the list on the left towards the bottom.

     

    Thank you. I will present it to the gyneco. 

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