Reactivating older eggs?

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Registered: 05-22-2004
Reactivating older eggs?
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Fri, 03-25-2005 - 9:58pm

Has anyone heard about the recent studies on reactivating older eggs, even after menopause, to allow conception? I heard about this possibility about a year ago (successful conception in mice) but have heard nothing since.

Also, what are your thoughts about a day 3 LSH of 25? I used an ovul test kit and came up 1-positive 1-negative (suggests peri-menopause). I had a baby at 40, then started having irregular periods shortly thereafter. Seems like it didn't take long for the LSH to shoot up after I was able to conceive (with Clomid). Any chance now? Doctor, of course, says highly doubtful. Me no like that answer.

Jana

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Registered: 08-15-2004
Wed, 03-30-2005 - 11:59pm

Hi Jana,

I have not heard about these studies, though I would be very interested in reading more if you come across any info.

As far as your test results, I think you mean FSH, and from what I have read so far, 25 is considered very high. In general, I have read it is best to have your FSH less than 10, though less than 15-20 supposedly you can conceive. But, in the book "Inconceivable" by Julia Indichova, the author did get pregnant with an FSH of 22 or 23, and it had been much higher and she was able to reduce it (even though all of her Dr's told her she couldn't). Some Dr's say you can only get pregnant with an FSH less than 10, but I conceived my 18 month old boy with an FSH of 12 right around my 40th birthday. Now TTC #2 and it is more difficult, but I do not believe impossible. I, too, started having irregular periods after my son was born. If you check out this book, there are also other suggestions (dietary and herbal) for helping to reduce the FSH.

I hope this helps - good luck to you! :-)

Dorothy

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Registered: 09-22-2004
Fri, 04-01-2005 - 7:40pm

I heard that infertile cows that were given wheat grass became fertile.

Good Luck!

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Registered: 05-22-2004
Sun, 04-03-2005 - 3:52pm

I'm curious to know how you find a doctor who supports your efforts when what you want seems next to impossible. I have requested the book you mentioned, Dorothy, from the library and will see if I can follow the recommendations the author makes.

I would love to be able to use my own eggs; I do feel like I'll need to devote an extraordinary amount of time and energy do find answers and support, and that thought is daunting, considering I want to devote time and energy to the daughter I am lucky to have.

Jana

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Registered: 08-15-2004
Tue, 04-05-2005 - 1:06am

Yes, I know what you mean.....I think you really have to have belief that it is possible yourself. I agree it takes an extraordinary amount of time and energy (and money)to find answers, support and medical intervention. I am struggling with the same issue myself, as I am lucky enough to have a little boy, and I want to enjoy every moment I have with him, as well as wanting to give him a sibling.

I have also heard that fact about the wheatgrass, as crazy as it may sound, I have been drinking 2-3 oz. every day for two months. Will let you know if it works!

Good luck to you! :-)

Dorothy