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    Hi Everyone,

    I am new to the blog and was just having a read through the comments. My specialist is Dr Lynn Burmeister in Melbourne. I am 38, my first round of IVF I learned I was a poor responder but they managed to collect 5 eggs and we got two embryos. I miscarried one and the second one didn't take, our second round of IVF was cancelled a few weeks ago because it looked like the response was even poorer than before. I went to see Lynn today and she is going to give me blood test on day two of my next try in January to see if it's worth while going head if not she will put me on microgynon. Has anyone been on this with any success in the past?

    I am at the point wondering if we should keep going, the success rates that I have seen for poor responders have been so low so I am starting to feel like maybe we are not being realistic with our chances.

    Thanks everyone!

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    Hi there, perhaps jump into some of the IVF over 40's threads I think there are a few Dr Lynne B gals in there who might be helpful.

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    Hi Maggiefox, and welcome to BH

    Just wanted to extend another invitation to you to come on over to the IVF over 40 thread. We're a really friendly bunch and I am sure you would fit right in, even if you aren't quite 40 yet (you lucky duck!)

    Your story reminds me of....my story. My first cycle I made one solitary, lonely little follicle. It failed to fertilise. My second cycle was better - I made three follies, two of which fertilised. The first one, a fresh transfer, failed to stick. The second one, a frozen transfer resulted in my BFP, but I miscarried a month and a half ago.

    I just wanted to say that I'm really sorry you lost your bub too. It is a pain like no other, and I was so lucky to have had the support of the lovely ladies on the 40+ thread to help me through it.

    Like you, the cost (both financial and emotional) of continuing IVF is a weight upon our shoulders too, especially in light of the poor success rates for those of our age. The alternative - giving up on our baby dream - is not attractive either. I suspect if the new changes to medicare pass through parliament the choice will be taken from our hands anyway - well, for a lot of us.

    Just wanted to send you a hug Please do come on over to our thread and make yourself at home


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    Thanks Blossom, I will head over there now. x

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    Hi Maggiefox, I was also a poor responder for IVF and only got four eggs. I had one failed IVF cycle which resulted in a chemical pregnancy at 40 and then fell pregnant naturally the next cycle. I looked in to accupuncture, supplements and changed my diet - anything I read might help. I got a great book on Kindle called "it starts with the egg" which is a great tool for IVF or trying naturally and will talk you through these options. Don't give up hope xx

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    Thanks so much. I have just bought the book online will let you know how I go. xx

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    I hope it works for you maggiefox. I'm not sure if it was the book or coincidence but I was pregnant 3 months after I started all the changes in the book. I think it's always good to know you've tried everything you can rather than wonder later down the track if you should've tried something else. Going off coffee was probably the hardest, but all worth it in the end 😊

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    Thank you, I got the book today, just reading it now. I am already on melatonin and vitamin e so I was glad to see they were recommended in the book. Did you try DHEA? If so which one did you try? Day 2 off coffee and I am ready for a nap..

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    Hi @Maggiefox

    I too see LB and am also a poor responder. I was 33 when starting IVF with a different specialist.. First 2 cycles were cancelled due to poor response, 3rd we retrieved 4 eggs, one transferred but I was in excruciating pain during the transfer due to a tight cervix (I didn't know this prior, even though I had a laparoscopy + d&c for endometriosis by the same specialist) and another frozen.

    Moved to LB at 34 and after a hysteroscopy became pregnant in April with the FET, however at about 6/7 weeks learnt it was a blighted ovum. Tried another fresh cycle, retrieved 7 eggs but only 4 fertilised to day 3. We transferred 1, again with excruciating pain as my cervix had closed up again but BFN. About a month ago my other 2 frozens didn't survive the thaw process.

    I have now also been prescribed the pill to assist with my endometriosis pain, but have decided not to continue trying with my own eggs as it has been 2 years with no success. I don't have the energy to go through another cancelled cycle and LB seemed relieved that I had come to that conclusion myself as I think she was about to tell me the same thing at my appointment last week!

    Having had time to reflect, I feel more comfortable with my decision knowing I have tried all of the options I was given (each of my cycles the treatment plan was tweaked slightly) and won't be thinking 'what if'.. It's now donor egg research time for me!

    I hope you have some better luck than I did, in my opinion you are in good hands with LB 😊
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    Thank you xx


 

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