Correlation Between Petite Women and Low Ovarian Reserve?

It’s been a few weeks now since my last post, and almost a month since my hysteroscopy surgery for polypectomy removal. My husband and I had our follow-up “post op” appointment three weeks ago today and I am still processing the words that were said…

The appointment was to review the success of my surgery, but mainly the premise was to discuss our next steps medically toward baby.

Our RE explained that he wouldn’t be an upstanding doctor if he didn’t relay his concerns at this point relating to the recent tests that I had done this past October. Everything had been on hold since the surgery, and this appointment was the day that everything was brought out on the table:

He reviewed his three red flags, as he called them:

~ AMH results (low)
~Antrofollicle count (low)
~FSH levels (high)

He went on to explain his rightful concerns with my remaining ovarian reserve, and for the first time-his concerns with the amount of time we have left for conceiving. He even said that if five RE’s reviewed my same test results that at least one of them would tell me to go straight to egg donation!

Huh? Blink! Gasp!

He went on, trying to comfort me, arguing that with my fluctuation of test results in the past two years coupled with my ability to conceive naturally even if it was only once (although miscarried) and my age 32-that he truly believes that I have a good fighting chance to conceive with my own eggs. He reminded me that it is quality over quantity that he is relies on and also discussed a hypothesis among the fertility world about petite women having low ovarian reserve. He went on to say that these numbers could be my “normal” and that he had seen similar cases plenty times before where petite women with low ovarian reserve went on to conceive.

Was I comforted? Slightly.

So at this point, I am no longer “unexplained” I am labeled with  “low ovarian reserve” and because we don’t know my levels from 2-5-10 years ago, I was told that I could be on the brink of my fertility window.

Really… did he need to say that?

Naturally, the next conversation topic quickly moved to IVF.

He told us that normally our next step would be injectibles with or without IUI- but he is highly recommending us going straight to IVF. He went on to explain that since we have the greatest chances with IVF that would be the best next step, but cautioned us that with my low ovarian reserve, he is uncertain how many follicles he would be able to retrieve with his goal being  five.

I asked five? Aren’t’ you normally trying to obtain 15 or even 20?

Again, I suck in air finding it hard to believe, thinking of scary clowns as a distraction to the inevitable tears forming behind my eyes, the lump in the my throat grows larger..

I squeak out: “How soon to you recommend us starting IVF? And how long is the process start to finish?”

He walked us through, step by step, the entire process starting with when we need to call in the office ( three months before we wish to start) to the final pregnancy test.

After the appointment my husband and I talked and decided to try naturally for a few more months- given that I just had surgery, we feel like we have a brand new clean slate to work from. Am I in denial? I don’t know, but this decision feels right and plus we are still processing it all.

Plus, naive or not,  I still believe we can conceive naturally.

I do.

Honestly, having the past two months off of baby making  has done wonders for both my husband and I  emotionally and I feel ready to give it another go, naturally first.

The plan however, is that in 3 or 4 cycles –we talk about moving forward with IVF. Not sure if it will be in 4 or 5 or 6 months, but if we are not pregnant within this time frame, we will move forward with this option of IVF.

Feeling good with our new plan in place.

Feeling closer to our baby than ever.

Spring is right around the corner and in my book the absolute perfect time to conceive!

We shall see..

~kss

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10 thoughts on “Correlation Between Petite Women and Low Ovarian Reserve?

  1. Wish you lots of luck. I was diagnosed with a low reserve as well. My AMH is 0.08. I was told the same things you were. They stimmed me pretty hard. And I ended up with OHSS. 41 eggs, 37 mature. So my point is dont lose hope because lab values aren’t all they are cracked up to be.

  2. Kiss friend!!! I know we can do it.. I am highly optimistic for the both of us. I’m glad he stressed quality over quantity because we ALL know it only takes one. I’m also glad you’re waiting on doing IVF because I know you don’t need it!

  3. I think doctors and embryologists and everyone working in the fertility sector needs to be super sensitive to the words they use. Many of their casual phrases – “they’re doing funny things on day 2” – can cause so much anxiety and worry! It’s great you have a plan in place, and crazy though I may seem, I too share your belief in conceiving naturally. You have youth on your side so go for it 🙂

  4. Still catching up. 🙂 I was diagnosed with DOR and am only 32 as well. 🙂 I’ve had two natural pregnancies and one through IUI and I am hoping this last round of IVF there will be success. Sending happy thoughts to you during your pregnancy! It makes me so happy to read your older posts and see how far you have come. It gives me hope. xo

    • Jenna- your well wishes mean so much! DOR is not a fun diagnoses, especially when noone knows the reason behind the cause. Praying that this IVF for you is a success! Looking forward to reading about your journey as well. 🙂

  5. Hi, just stopping in to say thank you for linking up to and following my blog! I see that you may be traveling the IVF road. I remember how much anxiety the whole process was for me. Yoga really helped me a lot. If you take that and/or meditation up, it could help you a lot as well. All the best…

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