Pregnant after 35

Intro and – perhaps Hope for those with low AMH… Long...

Hi,

I’ve been a lurker on the bump since 2011, but never posted. I posted a few times, under a different name, in February 2011, but then wasn’t able to post anymore, because I was too traumatized after my two losses. One in March 2011, when I had a missed miscarriage discovered at 12 weeks. The other one in November 2011 – this was a blighted ovum, discovered at 7 weeks.

After that I also found out that my FSH was 17, and that my chances of conceiving again were super low because of DOR.

But a RE agreed to work with me – even though I told them both IUI and IVF were out of the question for me because of my religious convictions.

I did three medicated cycles in 2012, the first two failed – my ovaries didn’t react to the Gonal-F injections at all. The third one was successful – and my daughter was born in January 2013.

When she was born, of course I always thought I would love to give her a sibling. I had her at 38, my husband was then 46. I didn’t want my daughter to end up alone in this world…

I got my period back in November 2013 when I almost weaned my daughter, and went back to the RE in January 2014.

My FSH was now 23. And my AMH was…….. 0.03.
Yes, when I saw that result, it made me so incredibly sad…
Oh, and my right tube turned out to be blocked…

I was shocked that the RE still wanted to talk to me and agreed to do a few more medicated cycles.

The first three were failed. My ovaries didn’t respond. They seemed dead. I felt like I must be over 50… But then I decided to start to take DHEA and Ubiquinol (my RE agreed it was a good idea, even though on their own they don’t suggest it; I took what I think is the good kind of Ubiquinol: Jarrow Formulas Ubiquinol QH-Absorb, 100 mg, 120 Count; got it from Amazon; I read that some kinds of it are useless).

I went abroad for a few months, and took a few months break from TTC.
When I went back – my ovaries seemed a few years younger. The reaction to the medication was immediate. The first cycle still failed – everything was excellent until the last day before the Ovidrel trigger, when my E2 dropped – I knew this was proof enough that the cycle was bad, and I was right.

The next cycle was in October, and it was successful. Perfectly growing follicle, on my good side. And we conceived.

I had my first sonogram  at 7 weeks, and everything was perfect. Then I was dying of fear – would I have another missed miscarriage? But I saw the baby again at 9 week and 4 days, and everything was perfect once again. And today I saw the baby yet again at 10 weeks and 3 days, and all is well. I know that anything can still happen, but after 10 weeks, I think we have a huge chance to have a take home baby, so I decided to write this post.

My main reason is – to give hope to those with high FSH and low AMH. I don’t dare to post this on any TTC boards, but I thought that maybe someone reading my post here could tell them my story…. Even an AMH as low as 0.03 is not the end of the world yet. It may still be able to conceive. (But I would definitely strongly recommend both DHEA and Ubiquinol.)

I also wanted to thank all the women on TTC after 35. I never posted there, so they don’t know me, but they are super awesome and helped me so much so many times!! I keep you all in my prayers, and hope for healthy take home babies for all!!

Me: 41; DH: 49
Married in 2010. 
Laparoscopy for endometriosis - July 2010.
BFP#1: Jan 2011; MMC March 2011
BFP#2: Nov 2011; Blighted Ovum December 2011
Diagnosed with high FSH and DOR - January 2012
BFP#3: (Gonal-F, Trigger + TI) - May 2012; DD born Jan 2013 (c-section because of partial placental abruption)

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December 2013: FSH 27, AMH < 0.03
A few medicated TI cycles in 2014.
BFP#4: (Gonal-F, Trigger +TI) - Nov 2014; DS born July 2015

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Re: Intro and – perhaps Hope for those with low AMH… Long...

  • Welcome and congratulations :)

    Sorry about your traumatic experiences. I hope you have a healthy and happy pregnancy.
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  • Welcome and congrats. Many of us here have experienced loss as well. I had a couple very early but also a late loss at 20 weeks in 2011. I completely understand the trauma. It's very hard.

    Good luck to you. I hope things continue to go well. :)
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  • Thank you so much for the welcome messages.

    I am now almost 12 weeks, and today I got the results of the Harmony genetic test. It is all normal!! And we already know we are having a boy!!!!!! What an amazing day it is today!!!

    And I still can't get over the fact that my AMH was less than 0.03 - it seemed absolutely impossible that we would ever conceive! Life is full of surprises, and full of miracles!
    Me: 41; DH: 49
    Married in 2010. 
    Laparoscopy for endometriosis - July 2010.
    BFP#1: Jan 2011; MMC March 2011
    BFP#2: Nov 2011; Blighted Ovum December 2011
    Diagnosed with high FSH and DOR - January 2012
    BFP#3: (Gonal-F, Trigger + TI) - May 2012; DD born Jan 2013 (c-section because of partial placental abruption)

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    December 2013: FSH 27, AMH < 0.03
    A few medicated TI cycles in 2014.
    BFP#4: (Gonal-F, Trigger +TI) - Nov 2014; DS born July 2015

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  • mdogan29mdogan29 member
    edited January 2015
    Congrats on your news!!

    I had an AMH of 0.4 in Jan 2013, took 7 months first time, then a loss and then looked into some medical issues and we were successful on first try second time around (7/2014). I'm not sure how quickly AMH changes over time, but it was probably lower by the time we had our second BFP.

    FX for a smooth pregnancy!! :)
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    ME: 38, DH: 42, stopped BCPS 1/2013, TTC #1 2/2013, AMH 0.4, started acupuncture: 7/2013,
    BFP: 10/07/2013; MC 10/15/2013 @ 7 wks (natural), focused on health issues for 7 months.
    TTC again: 6/2014, 2nd round Letrozole, BFP 7/7/2014!!! --- EDD 3/18/2015!!!


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  • Thanks, @mdogan29! And congratulations on your baby boy!!

    I just wish that people on TTC boards knew our stories - sometimes a low AMH may feel like the end of the world, but it obviously is not...

    Me: 41; DH: 49
    Married in 2010. 
    Laparoscopy for endometriosis - July 2010.
    BFP#1: Jan 2011; MMC March 2011
    BFP#2: Nov 2011; Blighted Ovum December 2011
    Diagnosed with high FSH and DOR - January 2012
    BFP#3: (Gonal-F, Trigger + TI) - May 2012; DD born Jan 2013 (c-section because of partial placental abruption)

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    December 2013: FSH 27, AMH < 0.03
    A few medicated TI cycles in 2014.
    BFP#4: (Gonal-F, Trigger +TI) - Nov 2014; DS born July 2015

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    mdogan29
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