@pingc383 hi lovely, pkease dont let me worry you needlessly- im not qualified to give medical diagnoses- if youve 'only' done 2 cycles, no one can tell if you are a poor responder yet. 10 eggs from a cycle would be considered good / normal response, so i guess at this stage, 1 good cycle /egg numbers and 1 not so good cycle/less eggs, who know? Sonetimes they say you can just have an "off" cycle. So in 2 cycles, they cant really tell if you are consistently getting a poor response. I guess you are at 1 out of 2 cycles. Whereas i was 3/4 poor cycles. My first cycle i got 8 eggs, 7 fertilised, and had 3 blasties on day 5, so i thought everything was ok. Then on my second cycle i only got 4 eggs, 3 fertilised and 1 blastie on day 5. So then i thought, oh, maybe this was just a one off bad cycle. My 3rd cycle was like the second one, and i started getting worried. My 4th cycle was a bad as cycles 2 and 3, so i realised things were not good at all and that my first good cycle was actually the 'abnormal' one in that it was the odd one out, from the 4 cycles i did.
Who knows, my 5th cycle might have been great and gotten a bfp or my 6th or 7th... but i figured i couldnt bear what i would have to go through for an indefinate amount of time with no good prospects of a positive outcome.
Basically, you and your FS have to do about 4 full cycles to start to see a pattern. I dont think any FS would recommend changing to donor ivf until after 4 full cycles using the results of the 4 cycles as evidence for suggesting poor egg quality. I think they feel that they are obliged to inform you that, now they have evidence from 4 cycles, they think things will be difficult.
I havent done the protocol you mention. I just did what my specialist recommended, increasing doses of gonal f until my last cycle i was taking the max. dose i think. I like my FS , trust him and think he is one of the good ones. He also specialises in endometriosis, as well as ivf so that my particular problem so i feel lucky he's the one closest to me. Its helpful for me that because i have nothing else wrong with me besides endo, that i count in my natural cycles as evidence that my eggs are poor quality. I tried for 16 cycles from ages 30-31 and thats young imo. So for me, it seems that even at the age of 30 it seems that my eggs were no good.
To be honest its that first cycle i did with 8 eggs that made it the hardest. I almost wish all my 4 cycles were crap because i kept clinging to that first cycle as good and hoping the next 3 were anomolies. @Maxwellsmum so lovely when someone says, "thats like me!" Iykwim. And, lol, if drinking too much and eating junk foid and having left over unshiftable prednisolone weight is an issue, then ive definately got issues mate!
Yeah, that fish in a barrel thing was said by someone else on bubhub and it helped me understand. I frucking hate fishing, literally and metaphorically!!!