Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations for DOR
I am 35 and a half. My Day 2 FSH is 5.8 and I have been diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve.
I conceived naturally in 2006, only to lose my baby at 32+ weeks for reasons that had nothing to with my reproductive system or anything else related to me. After that we did 2 rounds of IVF with PGD (there was reason to suspect there may have been something genetically wrong with the baby), each time yielding 5-6 fertilized eggs, each time transferring 2 into me, with no pregnancies.
In the summer of 2008 we found out that in fact there was no genetic aspect to the baby's death, and so we've been back (very gratefully) to trying naturally, but we've lost patience and so have done 2 rounds of IUI, unsuccessfully. In those cycles, even with aggressive medication (450 Follistim + 150 Menopur for about 10 days), I only managed to produce 2-3 eggs, so we left them as IUI rather than IVF cycles.
In 2006 when we were first trying to conceive, my husband had good overall sperm counts, average motility, and lower than average "perfect" sperm counts. In the samples he gave for the 2 IUI cycles (November 2008, February 2009), they showed us the numbers and each time everything looked very good.
Thank God I'm generally healthy. I have a history of thyroid cancer (papillary carcinoma) that did not require anything more than thyroidectomy (no radioactive iodine treatment needed), and my thyroid levels are kept at sightly hyperthyroid levels. I also have a history of colon polyps (adenomas) -- 3 were found in 2005, none the following year, and soon I'll be due for my 3-year follow-up colonoscopy. I'm overweight, but not obese, and I go to the gym as often as possible. Since last May, I have been going once a week to an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility issues.
I'd like to believe that my husband and I still have a chance at conceiving a baby of our own, without donor eggs. But I am feeling deflated. I am not inclined to go on herbal regimens, but I am open to any other dietary recommendations (and/or lifestyle recommendations) that you could recommend to assist with ovarian reserve.