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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, January 24, 2007 | 0 comments

I did point out before about OB's [obstetrician] being more optimistic than RE's [Reproductive Endocrinologist]. And that's because they see plenty of older women who come in who are already pregnant.

I love this OB, because he is so optimistic about this stuff. When I saw him last year for my annual check-up (when I was 44), he asked me if I was going to have more children. I asked him if I had time for another and he said that I had time for one or TWO more.

This time, he seemed totally [unconcerned] when I told him that we were trying. When I left, he said "happy hunting." He said that as long as you are still ovulating, you have good eggs left. He said that no woman produces 12 "good" eggs per year. Even if she is 22 years old.

A younger woman might ovulate 10 good eggs a year. An older woman will have fewer. Maybe only 6 cycles a year, or only 4, or maybe only 2. But in his view, if you just hang in there and keep trying, you'll pop out an egg capable of being fertilized, implanting and growing into a healthy baby.


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Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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