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    Fertility question: please help

    I have few questions for you regarding my fertility. I am 41 years old and have a beautiful little girl who is almost 3. We have been trying to get pregnant again since October of 2015. I did get pregnant right after but unfortunately had an early miscarriage. Since then I have not conceived. We have gone to fertility specialist and had all kind of test done back in the begining of 2016 and we were told that every thing looks normal and suggested to try for another 6 months

    FSH 7.7 mIU/mL mIU/mL
    Anti-Mullerian Hormone 1.1 ng/mL (standard 0.9 - 9.5 ng/mL)
    Progesterone 14.1 ng/mL ng/mL (not sure which day but guessing luteal phase)
    Prolactin 8.5 ng/mL (standard 1.4 - 24.2 ng/mL)

    I have been tracking my temperature for the last month but before that I was using digital ovulation kit and I will get the positive surge usually at day 12. Does that mean I am ovulating early?

    Recently I went back to by fertility specialist and he suggested that the next step is clomid! I am nervous about that since we do not want twins! I would like to get pregnant naturally if possible! I have cut down all sugar and started acupuncture with Chinese herbs! Do you have any suggestion for me? Should I just take the drug?

    I understand that the age is a big factor here but I am still hopeful!

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    Hello,

    Welcome to the forum and thank you for your post.

    I'm sorry that you had a miscarriage and that you are having difficulty conceiving.

    What are your cycles like? Are they regular? How long do they last? Do you also track the changes in your cervical mucous?

    You are right, I'm afraid age is the issue here. A woman's fertility levels start to significantly decrease past age 35 as both the quality and quantity of her eggs reduce. At age 42 unfortunately the change of conceiving in a year of trying is around 8%.


    Preconception care
    is really important if you are trying to conceive in your 40s.

    My personal feeling would be to follow what your fertility specialist recommends.

    With best wishes,
    LJ

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    Thank you for your reply. My cycle is very regular 27 to 28 days. I am tracking body temp and using the ovulation predictor kit. I have noticed that I have recently started to ovulate around day 12. I am thinking that is not good! do you know how i can push that to day 13 or 14?

    Thanks

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    Also is 8% chance for age 42 or 41 or both? I just turned 41 this month. Thank you

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    Hi,

    I'm sorry I misread your age. This graph should help you with the percentage chance of conceiving each month vs age. The chance is higher at 41 compared to 42.

    Ovulation on day 12, although on the earlier side, would still make conception possible.

    You may find that tracking changes in your cervical mucous gives you more details on your ovulation day. Have a look at this previous post which explains the changes you should expect to see in your cervical mucous each month. In particular, the stretchiness of the cervical mucous at its most stretchy gives you an indication of your overall fertility levels.

    Note that Zinc helps with ovulation as well as the overall fertility levels of men and women. Foods which are rich in zinc include: spinach, pumpkin and squash seeds, mushrooms, nuts and beans. B vitamins are important in conception as they aid ovulation and they also help to raise progesterone levels which are important to sustain a healthy pregnancy. Eat plenty of chick peas, wholegrains, eggs and leafy greens. What is your diet and weekly exercise plan like currently?

    With best wishes,
    LJ
    Last edited by ljmarsden; 22nd October 2016 at 12:23 AM.

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    Thank you so much for the reply. This is very helpful specially the cervical mucous info. I have taking prenatal and additional vitamin B6 and B12. I work out 3 to 4 times a week. My diet is quite health (including almost all the items upi have listed above on a weekly basis) but one in a while I enjoy a sweet treat! other than that I do not eat sugar or any processed food. Hopefully I get pregnant this year! if not we are very happy with out beautiful daughter Thank you so much for your support, I will keep you posted!

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    That certainly sounds like you have a healthy diet and lifestyle.

    I wish you all the very best with conceiving.

    I hope you find these resources encouraging as you read other mums' stories: Older Mothers: the good, the bad and the ugly and Older Mum.

    Warm wishes,
    LJ

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