Recently mc at 42 with question

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Registered: 10-12-2005
Recently mc at 42 with question
Fri, 12-02-2005 - 9:32am

Hello, ladies.

I am just recovering from a heartbreaking miscarriage. I am 42 and I believe we will try again, but right now I am just too raw to think. My question is, however, is there some kind of test that I can take to determine if my eggs are still viable? I believe there is, but I'm not 100% sure. This last pregnancy was natural.

Thanks for your help.


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Registered: 11-12-2004
Sat, 12-03-2005 - 3:38pm

Yes, there is a simple series of blood tests that can be given by your doctor to determine the quality of your eggs. I had the test last spring but for the life of me I cant remember the name of it. But then again I seem to be forgetting things a lot lately. I blame it on being 9 weeks pregnant, naturally I might add. We tried for 18 months, did two rounds of clomid (which stimulates ovulation), had two miscarriages, got pregnant the following month being off clomid, lost it and the next month became pregnant again. I'm hoping this egg is a good one. We'll know on Tuesday, my first doc's appt.

Talk to your doctor about testing your egg quality, he/ she will know what you mean.


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Registered: 11-10-2004
Sat, 12-03-2005 - 4:09pm


I believe that Melody is refering to Day 3 FSH tests, Clomid Challenge etc. Although those tests can give an indication of the probility of egg quality they are not the best tests. I have been trying to conceive my second child since late 2002 early 2003 and became pregnant in April 03(naturally) only to miscarry in June 2003 (poor egg quality). I was 10 weeks along but the egg stopped at 7. I was 39.5 when I conceived that last time. Since then I have been to 2 REs and have gone from clomid (the first thing they try since it is the easiest and cheapest), IUI's, all the way to IVF (which my cycle was canceled this past Sept). My day 3 FSH is 4-8 which is considered great. I passed the Clomid Challenge also. However, when I got to using injectibles, I started to show the tell tale signs of poor egg quality on how I responded to those drugs. I switched RE's and this most recent one said since my numbers looked good she would try an IVF cycle. When push came to shove that showed poor egg quality, the simple tests that were referred to are not good indicators only a primary indicator. However even with poor ovarian reserve (poor egg quality) there is always the chance that there will be one that pops out and works, not very high odds but it still can happen.

I hope that helps. By the way, I have just turned 42 myself.


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Registered: 10-13-2004
Thu, 12-08-2005 - 11:39am

Hi, Jan. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

Just wanted to concur with Lisa (Hi, Lisa! How are you?). I just turned 43 and went through much the same treatment this year, with two IVF cycles canceled. Like Lisa, my FSH is normal, so that gave me a