We have been trying for over 2 ½ years and just got a BFP on a second medicated IUI with no AMH, overweight, and three months before turning 40!
I was 37 when we started trying. A little over a year later with no BFP, we started fertility testing with just the regular gyne. All my labs – FSH, progesterone, etc came back normal. My HSG was normal. My husband had pretty good results, but also had a varicocele so we thought that was it, so he went ahead with the repair surgery. Three months later, still no BFP, they redid his S/A and it was excellent, so that’s when we moved on to a fertility specialist. The only test my gyne didn’t perform was AMH. Mine wasn’t only low, it was nonexistent – less than 0.16. We were crushed. The doctor said being my age with beyond-low AMH, I could try everything under the sun (which I did - herbs, supplements, relaxation, acupuncture, medical intervention, etc etc) and it would still only give me a 5 or 10% chance each month at most.
He agreed to let us try a medicated IUI – because if I didn’t respond to that, there would be no point in trying an IVF because I wouldn’t produce enough follicles. We used Follistim 225 and HCG trigger shot – produced 4 or 5 follicles but no BFP. Had to take a month off to let two cysts heal. Tried again, same dosage – only produced 1 or 2 follicles this time – devastated. We decided we were done.
Went in for the blood test two weeks later, expecting this to be the end, and my HCG was 87 (well above 25!) - BFP. That night I went out and bought an HPT just so I could see a happy pee stick for once. Three days later, they repeated the test – they wanted it over 200 and it was 474 – definitely, definitely pregnant. I think my doctor was shocked as he told me “miracles never cease”. The next week I went in for them to confirm the gestational sac – all is looking good, knock on wood. If the next appointment is still good, they will release me back to my regular gyne. I am now at 6 weeks.
I only had 2 symptoms during the TWW. Immensely sore breasts, but I had that with the first IUI with a negative, so I ignored it. Also, had several episodes of feeling intensely warm (I’m usually on the cold side) but again, just never believed it was going to happen, so I ignored that too.
I don’t know what the future of this pregnancy holds, I can tell my doctor is holding his breath a little, but I feel very very blessed right now with this miracle and I am enjoying every single uncomfortable symptom I’m feeling.