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Dr. said I was still fertile at 43

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, August 17, 2019 | 0 comments

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I just gave birth at 43 1/2 years old to a beautiful baby boy, who weighed in at 9 pounds 6 ounces. He has the best temperament ever!

I was asked to share my story on this page, so here it is.

I got pregnant using an ovulation monitor right away but I miscarried that baby at 9 weeks.

I decided I should go to a fertility specialist the next time, as to not waste one minute of fertility time.

Everything with these guys is about success rates.

If they think you will bring their numbers down, they don't really do too much to help you.

I was told at my age (almost 43 years old) I should adopt or use an egg donor.

I asked about medication and he said it wouldn't help me. (again protecting their success rates)

I asked for a hormone panel just to see where my fertility levels (FSH) were.

The doctor called me back very surprised and said I was still fertile.

My FSH was 6.6 and anything under 9 is considered good.

He was suspicious though and said if I came back next month and repeated the test and IF the levels were still low, he MAY consider me for a new fertility medication trial they were about to conduct.

Well, guess what? I was already pregnant, and didn't need his medication!

So my point is to hang in there, ask questions and really push those doctors to look beyond their success rates.

What I felt worked was using the ovulation monitor, but also having sex four days before ovulation as well as on the days of ovulation.

I read an article on saying you are actually most fertile four days before.

The other things I did were staying flat for at least 30 minutes afterward or with a pillow under your hips, cutting out anything (food wise) processed and taking my prenatal vitamins.

I also visualized me getting pregnant and the sperm connecting with the egg.

Sounds funny, but I got pregnant twice using following this advice and luckily for me, the second one took and I now have a beautiful baby boy! Good luck to all of you.

This website will help you and the support you get here is amazing. Keep trying and don't let anyone tell you it can't be done!

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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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