Here's my story
---Age 35, diagnostic cycle revealed an fsh of 11.4. Looked like I had plenty of follicles. Clinic had poor IVF success rates so we decided to find a new clinic in case we needed IVF.
---Changed clinics. Dr said that I had as many as 15 follicles in a good month and that my ovarian reserve wasn't bad just not good. My fsh was never over 10 again. Dr said I was "young" (just turned 36 at this point) and that we should be conservative. Tried 1 cycle of clomid (1 big follicle and resulted in a cyst that made us stop treatment for several weeks). 1 cycle of injectibles w/IUI. Resulted in 1 or 2 (they weren't sure) follicles. Tried IVF. Failed to suppress on bcp. Tried IVF again w/ganirelex acetate as a suppressor and an intermediate aggressive protocol. Cancelled due to poor response.
---Although that was considered one the best clnics in the Chicago area we decided to bring out the "big guns" and moved to the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM). Started with a phone consult w/Dr. Schoolcraft. He said that my ovaries were responding like someone who was 40-43 years old. He said that he didn't think my previous cycles really started w/15 follicles and that clinics sometimes count wrong. Said that he had a 60% pregnancy rate in my age group but would cut that in half for me based on what he saw in my file. He said we really wouldn't know until we got the eggs out of me and saw the quality of my embryos. He said that, especially at only 36 years of age, I deserved to at least make it to retrieval.
---Went to CO for a day of tests. They counted 10 follicles. My AMH came back at 0.6 (1.5 is normal). This test measures quantity and quality of eggs I think. We were very stressed about this result.
---Started IVF w/CO. Failed to suppress on bcp (again!). Next try, used estrogen instead. Then a very aggressive protocol. 7 follicles grew but only 2 were in the right "zone" (20-24mm). Two were over 30mm. 3 were small but measurable (around 12mm I think). Nurses thought I'd get, hopefully 2 eggs, maybe 3.
---The AMAZING lab at CCRM got 7 eggs out of 7 follicles. 6 were mature. 5 became embryos. We went in for our day 3 transfer and we kept waiting and waiting in the waiting room. It turned out that Dr. Schoolcraft was discussing our situation w/the embryologist. Our embryos were of such high quality that Dr. S. suggested we wait until day 5 unless I could look him in the eye and tell him I could reduce if there were triplets or quads. He said he'd want to transfer 4 on day 3 but could transfer only 3 on day 5 and reduce the risk of multiples. We were stunned! Never expected to have the option of a 5 day transfer. 4 embryos made it to day 5. 3 were transfered and 1 frozen.
---We are now 31 weeks pregnant with a beautiful baby girl!
Sorry so long! I remember that details like this helped me when I was looking for information. The best decision we made was going to CCRM. A top-notch lab is critical when you have few eggs and/or quality issues.
Good luck! I wish you all the best!