I know I just wrote an entry about an hour ago, but it was more of a filler entry and not that exciting. While watching the finale of Dr. Who (woot) I started googling things and some how ended up reading about estrogen protocols. That led me to reading about poor responders and as I was reading things I was like HEY! THAT IS ME!! Check this out. I found a chat transcript from a doctor who defined a poor responder as this:
1. Generally less than four follicles – Check
2 – E2 less than 1,000 – Check
3. A history of cancelled cycles – Check again
I think he was describing a ivf cycle as I don’t think I would want an e2 of 1,000 or so many follicles for just an iui, but still! I have never had more than one follicle to try with by trigger time. Here is another definition that talks about how you can work with someone who is a poor responder. I started googling poor responder and found a post of a girl that sounded exactly like me. Check this out. She had to have her period induced, barely bled, injected for a really long time, and her follicle wouldn’t grow past a certain point so she got cancelled. Sound familiar?
I have to do more reading and some of the reading is above my head, but it’s exciting. From what I have read so far it seems like most of the stuff is for people doing ivf so that doesn’t really help and I don’t know much about the meds and the different protocols for ivf. However, it seems like you need to be more aggressive and a lot of the time RE’s use estrace or something similar. My RE has been pretty against giving it to me which kinda annoys me. I also don’t know my fsh levels or if I fit into the definition with my hormone levels or antral follicles. My RE is always so careful to give me just enough medicine and not more than that so I won’t go overboard with the follicles and get too many. He is so conservative. I do know that I am always slow to respond and need more than just the normal protocol that they give people. I’m going to do more research and see if I can bring in evidence to him and see what he says. More reading to go. Anyone know anything about it or anything?
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