I conceived at 43 with IVF

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, May 11, 2007 | 0 comments

I conceived at 43.2 with IVF [in vitro fertilization] and ICSI [intracytoplasmic sperm injection]. So far, so good -- I'm 15 weeks 1 day.

I used an MDL [minimal detectable level ] protocol with BCP [birth control pills]. I had a high dosage of Follistim, 600. I can't remember all the protocol details, but if you're interested I'd be glad to look them up and share.

My FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] had been ranging between 16 and 25.7. The month of the IVF cycle my FSH was 9. At egg retrieval they harvested 8 eggs: 2 were immature and of the remaining 6, 2 fertilized -- we put both back and are pregnant with a singleton.

I have historically been a slow responder and I was on the protocol for 14 days. My nuchal scan was great, but just for peace of mind I think I'm going ahead with the amnio -- yes, I'm dealing with some demons from my past.

Success, only time will tell. If, I mean WHEN, all goes well I'll deliver at 43.10 (6 weeks short of my 44th birthday).

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
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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