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high FSH level at age 35

Postby donkeylove17 » Tue May 24, 2011 3:10 am

Hi, this is my first post on any sort of blog. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 6 months by actively charting my ovulation and peak fertile times. I went for my blood work in December and had an FSH level of 8. I then went for the the HSG exam (blowing of the tubes) and learned my left tube is blocked and went right to a fertility dr. Luckily my right tube is wide open and we can conceive naturally out of the right side (however, chances will decrease by 50% because you ovulate out of every other side each month). The RE wanted to retest my hormone level and I did the 3 day FSH testing which gave me an FSH level of 28.5! For the life of me I cant understand how my FSH level went up so drastically in 5 months?? The RE is retaking my levels next cycle...but said that if I am at 28.5 there is no way we can go through ivf and our only option to become parents is through donor egg. This was devasting news to me and I am looking for some advice of people who have conceived (thru IVF or natrually) with high fsh levels. I am only 35 and have regular period and ovulate according to the monthly kits?! My dr also told me that I had a healthy amount of follices and my estrogen and progestrine levels are normal. Could this last FSH test be wrong? I am going to another RE for a second opinion tomorrow. I dont understand why ivf isnt an option with high fsh...anyone have any thoughts?
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Re: high FSH level at age 35

Postby blueeyedreamer » Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:51 am

I would be questioning that test result. It's so conflicting! I don't know of the three day FSH test. I only had a one time blood draw and then did the AMH draw as a back up to the FSH. My FSH was 9.7 and I am 34. They are starting me on a high dose of follistim because of the high FSH although the AMH came back normal.

My understanding of the high FSH is that it is a measure of the ovarian reserve and that the ovarian reserve is the most important factor in IVF success. If the FSH is too high then they don't believe that ovarian stimulation is going to work. I don't know for sure, but that is my understanding.

Wishing you the best. I like that you are requesting a second opinion and I would certainly ask for another FSH test.
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