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    Default The Elephant in the Room...

    Hi there,
    I'm very new to this, but I am out of places to turn to..
    Just wanting to ask if anyone can suggest anything else that we can try..
    In a nut shell - Trying for 4 years, given all clear by many doctors, tried IUI and IVF for 15 months , had 2 bio-chemicals, did acupuncture, counselling, laporoscopy, tubes not blocked, no endo. Im 36. Am I missing the elephant in the room??
    Thank-you x

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    Have you been tested for nk cells or immune issues I had the same problem and came back positive for high nk cells

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    Hi there. How many cycles have you done, how many eggs collected, any frozen, etc? Is PGD an option? Have you had your AMH tested? What is your FS telling you?

    Good luck with it all.

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    Hi JustJaq, we've done a total of about 5 cycles- no eggs left, all used. What is PGD and AMH? Our FS is encouraging us to do another round, and he sounds quite positive for us.. but we feel defeated.

    Hi
    miissalina, we have just completed a round of tests which included genetic testing, immune and god knows what else .. All came up clear.

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    Hi @MissGardenia.

    AMH is a blood test that, while not perfect, gives an indication of how many eggs you might have left. I'm surprised your FS hasn't done had one done for you. While the results aren't always accurate, and there are shortcomings in the test, these test results often guide the treatment given by fertility specialists. It's not an indication of egg quality, but a guide as to how many eggs you might have. Google it - it's also known as the egg timer test and other things like that. What's your egg collection rate been like - ie how many collected each time, how many fertilised, etc?

    PGD is pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. If your FS thinks it's worthwhile, your embryos can be tested for genetic problems including chromosomal problems, before they're implanted.

    Has your FS been doing different things for you each time? Do you know why your FS sounds positive this time - what'll be different than previous cycles? Sometimes it's just luck and a numbers game, but if your FS is just doing the same thing time and time again, it might be time for a second opinion.

    In fact, it might be time for a second opinion anyway if you're not feeling confident. The lovely ladies in the IVF threads should be able to point you in the direction of the best FSs in your state if you ask in one of those threads.

    In general, it might be worthwhile having a good long chat with your FS with lots of questions, and getting more involved in what your FS is doing for you. I was a little surprised that, for someone having done 15 months of IVF, you hadn't heard of the AMH test, or PGD, etc. You might also like to have a read through some of the IVF threads on BubHub - I really learned so much from these - many BH members are an absolute wealth of information.

    Unexplained infertlity must be so tough. Good luck with it all.

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    These are simply things from my experience. Have you been tested for the MTHFR gene? If not, do it! I was found to be heterozygous for the gene after 2 missed miscarriages (1 at 7 weeks and 1 at 10 weeks) and 3 chemical pregnancies. Issues include blood clotting and possibly low progesterone. Also, being MTHFR positive means my body can not process folic acid which is the number one ingredient in products like elevit. It's actually toxic for MTHFR bodies so the active form of folate must be taken. I am under strict instructions that if we were to fall pregnant again, I would require progesterone pessaries and daily clexane injections.
    Has your husband been tested?


 

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