42 and FSH testing adn ?? Can you help?

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Registered: 04-11-2003
42 and FSH testing adn ?? Can you help?
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Fri, 06-04-2004 - 6:01pm
I have a two year old and a 4 year old. I have also had 4 miscarriages, the last one in Jan. DD#1 was concieved on clomid, DD#2 is my miracle baby, concieved the last month I was 39 with no help at all. We would like to have 1 more. I am 42, will be 43 in 3 weeks. I know the chances aren't so good. I went to a RE a few weeks ago. Of course, the first thing she says we have to do is check the FSH. I had the blood drawn 3 days ago. I am awaiting results, but somehow not too optimistic. She says if it is too high there is nothing they can do for us. My question is, does anyone know of herbs you can take or anything else that might be outside "western" medicine that can help you concieve even when your FSH is getting too high? I know this is naive, but I have some vague idea there might be herbal remedies that work for some that are outside the usual medical sphere. ANy help is truly very much appreciated. Thanks, Ruth
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Registered: 09-27-2003
Fri, 06-04-2004 - 10:16pm
Hi Ruth -

I am not currently TTC, although I have certainly had a rough time of it - I just want to encourage you to keep trying - I am 44, and had my first baby 8 weeks ago - (he was due on my b-day, but came 5 weeks early due to my hypertension). I had multiple miscarriages, tried IVF 7 times, and was told it wasn't going to happen for me -We decided to adopt, and were in the process, but we got pregnant on our own, and finally had a healthy, beautiful boy. A few things that seemed to help me - I did accupuncture, and the woman I saw was quite into herbs and alternative medicines - that may be a way for you to find some non western remedies. I also read a book (can't recall the author, as I lent it to a friend, and never got it back) called Inconceivable, about a woman with elevated FSh, and her ultimately successful pregnancy - she tried many herbs/relaxation techniques, etc. and it may inspire you - There are certainly many stories like mine, and I hope that you will try to relax, and believe that it can happen for you - good luck - Eve
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Registered: 09-27-2003
Fri, 06-04-2004 - 10:54pm
Ruth,

There are many women who have successfully lowered their FSH through alternative medicine and lifestyle changes. Protocols could include acupuncture, yoga, meditation, herbs and diet. I also recommend the book Inconceivable by Julia Indichova; it's informative and inspiring.

As for diet, the basics are to cut all caffeine and alcohol, eat as organic as possible, and avoid too much soy (it mimics estrogen and you don't want elevated estrogen on cd3). Wheatgrass juice is supposed to be helpful.

There are also supplements. Some swear by Fertility Blend; I personally don't know much about it.

Who knows, perhaps your FSH is already fine! But if not, there are ways to improve it. I wish you all the best,

Lisa, 42 (DH 46)

TTC #1 since July 2003

Injectibles/IUI cycle #5

Cycle day 15 (IUI was cd 13)

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Registered: 12-26-2003
Sat, 06-05-2004 - 3:47pm
Hi Ruth,

Welcome to the board!!! Glad you found us!!!! There is a book called "The Infertility Cure" by Randine Lewis. This book has so much great info everyone should read it. There are things you can do to improve your chances & egg quality. I had read 5 books on this (all agreed with the above mentioned book) & put a post together about 2 months ago about diets & vitamins for fertility. If you have trouble finding it just give me a post.

+++++++++++Prayers &++++++++++vibes coming to you!!!!!++++++++++

Lisa
Lilypie Baby Days
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Registered: 04-11-2003
Mon, 06-07-2004 - 6:57pm
Hi Lisa, I just got my FSH back, 11.6. Not hopeless but not good. How do I find your post? Thanks so much for any help. Ruth
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Registered: 08-07-2003
Tue, 06-08-2004 - 2:26pm
go to network54.com then in search put "high FSH" then go to over 40 with high FSH. you will find all sorts of info.

but don't count your chickens before they are hatched. there ARE women who get pregnant at y our age. i wish i'd worked harder at it at your age. i didn't test till 2 mo. shy of 43 then found i had a 15 FSH. if yours is over 10, YOU WILL BE TOLD IT IS HOPELESS, as all the women on the board have been told. but it isn't. it is possible--but yes, very difficult. Thank goodness you have 2 kids. i am sooooooooo thankful i have my 22 m/o daughter.... if it doesn't happen for me, i would consider a DE but will also just be happy with my one sweetheart!! lots of the women on the board have none.

if you go to the board you may see me posting there, my name is Nora.

BEST of luck to you!!