Low AMH and High FSH
(Lexington, Kentucky, USA)
I’m 38 with a history of stage 4 endometriosis, removal of my right ovary due to a chocolate cyst and fibroids. I had a myomectomy last year to remove six fibroids and none were in the uterine cavity. I have had a total of five abdominal surgeries in my lifetime, starting with the removal of my appendix and a bowel obstruction when I was six years old.
I’m trying to conceive with donor sperm and my RE said that my best choice, due to all of the adhesions, is to do IVF. I have a long history of ovarian cysts and was on the pill for a few years in hopes of protecting my remaining ovary. I have been off the pill for over a year now and I have been to the doctor regarding ovarian cysts throughout that time. I also have FSH of 12 and very low AMH of less than 0.16.
I’ve been getting acupuncture for over a year and take the herbal supplement Nourish Ren and Chong throughout my entire cycle, a prenatal vit and CoQ10 600mg daily. I was tracking my BBT for over a year, and although I have a bi-phasic chart my GYN did a day 21 progesterone test and it was a 3. My temperatures before ovulation, averages around 97.26 and after ovulation, it averages 97.80 for about 11 days and my cycle averages 26 days.
I have had two attempts at IVF, but could not start because the ovary had leftover follicules on day 3. My RE doesn’t want to suppress me with birth control pills because he is concerned that my ovary may not bounce back the way he needs it to, due to the low AMH. I have to wait to see how the ovary looks on my next cycle.
I asked my RE what was the indication of me having leftover follicules and he said it wasn’t a good thing and that it probably meant that I have high FSH because I should not have follicles this early in my cycle.
I don’t know what else to do. I’m starting to doubt my acupuncturist and feel as though I may have wasted over a year going to her, because I’m not sure if things have improved. Is there any advice you can give me? I'm starting to feel discouraged.