intro and some fertility questions
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|Fri, 03-06-2009 - 8:54am|
I've been kicking around lurking for a few weeks. I'm 40 and have 5 kids but want to try for number 6.
I've had up and down fertility issues over the last 9 years so the fact that I'm struggling again isn't a shock just a pain in the butt. My oldest is 8 and I needed 1 round of 50mg clomid to conceive him as at the time (age 31) I had luteal phase defect from having had perfect cycles upto age 30 they became too short as soon as tried to conceive. As i assumed my fertility was compromised I pressed straight on, weaned at 8 mths, took vitex and a few other herbs and conceived again but with some progesterone supp's to keep that lining in place.
Took a wee break and had number 3 2 1/2 years later and as with number 2 I conceived first time at age 35. At age 36 I thought I'd give it another go and had some baseline testing done - well my fsh was 15 - so I was told that at age 36 my ovaries were age 43 -- what a shocker. I was told I'd definately need donor eggs and mine were shot to pieces. I decided to rethink having another baby as at the time I didn't want to have donor eggs so took a 6 month break and then thought I'd try on my own - fortunately I conceived first month -when my daughter was 3 months old I weaned, took some herbs and conceived again. My youngest daughter is now 9 months and dispite lots of herbs my cycles are now out of wack. I'm now dealing with a shopping list of issues and am not sure what to do next. Onto the questions:
I've been trying to get everything sorted out with vitex, some EPO, and various tinctures (red clover, raspberry and false unicorn) , B6, prog cream etc but to no sucess:
1. not sure I am having decent ovulation - had a couple of months where my OPK never got above 2 bars (3 bars was ovulating)
I thought false unicorn/vitex would sort this out but not so.
2.Crappy luteal phase - I thought I might have conceived last month but dispite using B6 and some prog cream I just can't seem to have a long enough luteal phase - ovulation was late (day 18 not the usual 13/14)
3. cervical mucous -- well I never had problems before but here I am about to ovulate (well in the next few days) and no ewm.
So I'm not sure what to do -- I thought I might try DHEA but am not sure what parts of the cycle -eggs, mucous, luteal it affects. Or whether I should skip it all and go for a clomid prescription to try and get better ovulation/luteal phase.
I would love anyones input