am I too old? what's happening?

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Registered: 01-29-2009
am I too old? what's happening?
Mon, 02-22-2010 - 2:17pm

After a successful ov this month and my 3rd round of clomid followed by an IUI.


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Registered: 10-20-2009
Mon, 02-22-2010 - 4:47pm

First, you are not too old.

Susan L.

Robert Edward Xavier Lin - Born July 31, 2010 at 5:56AM, 6 pounds 4 ounces and 19 inches long. He spent 2 weeks in the NICU but he's doing great now!
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Registered: 01-27-2009
Mon, 02-22-2010 - 5:58pm

hi, Gina,

I'm in a similar boat. Clomid three times, trying over a year, charting nothing.

Although I do agree that it is important to keep a positive attitude and not give up after a couple of cycles and declare "I'm old," I think that it is also important to be realistic. Statistics are real things. It is easier if you are 20 - period. That said, statistics also show that there IS a chance-- even if it is a 5% chance.

So, my advice to you is to keep a positive attitude and keep on trying and going to your doctor for advice. But, don't get frustrated if it doesn't happen right away or doesn't happen at all. - martha

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Registered: 10-19-2004
Mon, 02-22-2010 - 9:56pm

Many women have children at your age or older, though to be realistic some will not be successful, it will likely take longer to conceive, or you may need fertility treatments. I know my RE believes Clomid is generally a bad idea for older women, and I have seen this opinion from other RE's as well. Have you had any U/s's around O to check your lining on Clomid? In many (though of course not all) older women Clomid can make an already thinner lining unacceptably thin, which can prevent conception. You might have more success with injectibles.

When you are older the majority of your eggs will not be capable of creating a baby, but that doesn't mean you don't have some good ones left. You can speed up conception by using injectibles to create multiple eggs for fertilization. We had at least 10 mature eggs on our last IUI using injects, and I am pg with a singleton.

- Jenna, 41, DH 38 TTC since September '06 with MFI. 3 failed unmedicated IUI's with DH sperm, 1 failed IUI with injects with DH sperm, IVF #1 BFN, FET BFP but M/c week 5, IVF#2 BFP m/c week 7, IUI with injects and donor sperm: probable chemical pg. 1 failed unmedicated DS/IUI. Started BCP's 7/30 for IVF #3, ER 9/10, ET 9/15, Beta 9/24 results 9/25. BFP, Twins. Lost 1st twin at 9-10 weeks, lost second twin at 16 weeks 12/17/08. Attempted IUI #4 converted to DS/DH IUI April 09 at my request, BFP and M/c. IVF #4 June 09 BFN. DS-IUI w/injects 7/6/09, BFN. Hysteroscopic myomectomy to remove fibroid 7/29/09.Unmedicated DS-IUI 9/09, BFN. DS-IUI with injects, 10/09, BFP and M/C. DH/DS-IUI with injects and HGH, 12/6. BFP! Betas: 12dpo 12/18 58, 14 dpo 12/20 157, 16dpo 12/22 379, 22 dpo 12/28 4,002

- Jenna