I'm new here. I'm hoping someone can give me some insight I haven't been able to find on Dr Google.
I've just had my first antagonist cycle at a new clinic after 3 unsuccessful long down reg cycles at my old clinic. At the time of egg retrieval (last Friday) I had been taking DHEA for 12 weeks. I've had my worst results ever. I knew to expect less eggs because I've heard the antagonist protocol usually produces less than long down reg, but I was hoping for better quality, both because of the antagonist protocol and the DHEA. I went from getting 5-6 eggs with about 75-100% fertilisation on the LDR protocol and at least one 8 cell embryo to transfer on day 3 to getting 3 eggs on the antagonist protocol with one fertilising and that embryo was 4 cells on day 3.
I'm very unsure as to whether to continue with the DHEA. I'm 42yo and don't have PCOS. I checked my DHEA and testosterone levels before starting DHEA and they were below normal range so i thought I would be a good candidate to use it. I should add that I took 50mg per day for 6 weeks then after getting thinning hair I went down to 25mg a day for the last 6 weeks (with my FS's blessing). I still get greasy hair and pimples on the lower dose.
Has anyone had a similar thing happen and what did you do or what advice did you get? Should I stop taking DHEA or give it longer? Could it be that i'm a better responder to the long down reg protocol and I should change back to that protocol, or have I perhaps just had a bad month..?
Sorry for the long post. Thanks in advance for any answers!