fsh level ~ 14.5
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belle - August 12

Dr. Smith, I was wondering what is the highest fsh level you've ever heard of that someone got pregnant. My fsh level is 14.5 and the doctor says I need to use donor eggs. I am 38 and in good health. Is there any chance that I could use my own eggs resulting in a pg? Please, let me know what you think. I just need a second opinion before I give up any hope of my own eggs.
Thanks for your time.
Belle

 

Dr Smith - August 15

The FSH level is an indirect indicator of the ovarian reserve (the number of eggs remaining in your ovaries). It does not measure egg quality. Your age is the best indicator of egg quality (in the absence of information from a previous IVF cycle). At 38, we can expect only about 30% of your eggs to be genetically normal. If you develop enough follicles to compensate for this, say 10 mature follicles at the end of the stimulation, then I would suggest that you give IVF with your own eggs a try. If your baseline follicle count (done Day 3 or your cycle) reveals less than 10 growing follicles, then I caution you that the odds are against you. Of course, there's always a chance that it will work, but if you have limited resources (financial and emotional), the best bang-for-the-buck would be to use donated eggs.

 

belle - August 15

Dr.Smith, thanks for your advice. It's nice to know we have a doctor here who is supportive to all of us.
Belle

 

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