Let's take a quick peek at where we've been before we look at Goal #3.
2) Improve AMH
3) Egg Quality
4) Research protocols for DOR
IMPROVING EGG QUALITY
In my situation, and according to Dr. C, my egg quality is not a concern however I have read enough sad stories of ladies with DOR who only got 4 eggs and they were all of poor quality - despite their young age. At 34 I know I am no longer in my baby-making prime, but according to the good doctor I am not quite yet a shriveled old hag, in spite of what my empty ovaries would have you believe. This middle ground is one of the things that concerns me in all of this. If I was 25 they'd say "You're young! They'll be perfect!" If I was 45 they'd say, "You're older and so we're not expecting beautiful eggs." At 34 opinions vary from doctor to doctor. Being the OCD perfectionist that I am, I'm going to take precautionary measures just in case.
Look, as I've previously mentioned we're killing ourselves to come up with money for this one cycle. Dr. C provides unlimited FET, but I do not anticipate having any spares for freezing. Those of us for whom IVF is a luxury well beyond our budget ALL say, "I have this one shot." But those of us on a shoestring budget AND who have DOR really may only have ONE shot. There will be no extra eggs for FET, one single try. You're in, or you're out. (And really... the interwebs, have shown me that I might not even get the one try I am hoping for. If I only get three eggs, and none of them are good, or don't develop properly, that's it. I am out before I even get started.)
But, I digress... egg quality. We want them plump and healthy and ready to get to work. We want them perfect. P-E-R-F-E-C-T! But how? I'll collate all the tips I have learned in one place, but first I want to give the sources a moment in the sun... (Speaking of sun... how are you doing on that Vit D for increasing AMH?)
Ready for some linkage? Here it comes.
One in Ten Million - Blog
So here's (in my opinion) the creme de la creme of resources for those of us with DOR, or POF. Cole Jeanette is one tenacious lady and she has, in 4 short months, taken her body from a 1 in 10 million chance of falling pregnant to pregnant with twins. *Gasp!* I know!!! She lists EVERYTHING she took and alternative therapies she tried on her blog and gives clear, easy-to-follow instructions on anything that you will need to "MacGuyver" at home for yourself. This is my number one recommendation. If you read nothing else I post, definitely go and read just this ONE blog. You'll learn a lot! (and you'll notice how many of her suggestions are in my list below)
Natural Fertility Info
I know, here I go with the "touchy feely" sites again, but despite the name this site is very explanatory. I thought I knew all there was to know about my ovaries and the eggs therein from Bio class in school. Boy was I wrong. Lot's of interesting information here and great clear diagrams. Also some hints and tips on how to naturally improve your egg quality in 90 days.
This isn't a pretty, easy to use site and they don't focus on fertility specifically, it's more general medical. But I found this article on the use of Melatonin to improve egg quality to be very interesting and I wanted to include it.
The Magic List
At this point you may wish to grab yourself a cup of coffee and a note pad, oh and a full pen... I am talking brand new, fully stocked with ink. The list is long.
I'll start off with the ones I am taking. Note that some of these are dual-purpose and were mentioned in my previous post about increasing AMH.
CoQ10 - 800mg/day
DHEA - 75mg/day
Royal Jelly - 456mg (concentrate) / day. If you have the jelly itself you need 1500mg/day
Fish, Flax, Borage, Omega 3,6,9 - 2 caps/ day
Melatonin - 3mg/day
Prenatal Vitamin - 1/day
L-Arginine - 1 cap 3x/day
Black Cohosh 3 caps/day
Ginseng - 1 cap/day
Thai Ginger- 1 cap/day
Vit D3 - 1000mg / day
Baby Aspirin 1/day
Red Raspberry Tea - 1cup/day
Here's how 1 full day's intake looks (Actually, I have added some stuff since these were taken):
Some others (slightly more difficult to find if you live out in the country like me, but I have ordered them and am waiting on delivery.)
Chaste Tree (AKA Vitex)
Pregnitude (easy to find this one, online only, but too pricy for me right now, and I am concerned about taking this WITH my existing prenatal before I speak with Dr. C again)
Mayan Fertility Massage (Difficult to find a qualified practitioner on this one)
Castor Oil packs