I just turned 45 years old. I have ALWAYS had regular 28 day cycles, never heavy periods, very mild/slight medium flow if that for around 4 days. I also noticed every month the change in my cervical mucus to an egg white consistency between days 10-14. I have only taken birth control pills when I was in my 20's and it was only for around 3 years. My point is that I have a solid history of normal, regular periods my entire life. I know for a fact I was very fertile in my 20's because I have been up to 3 months pregnant twice (it was a time I was off the pill but did use a condom and still became pregnant) but regretfully terminated both. I will carry those decisions with me forever and using the word "regret" doesn't seem even appropriate as it was beyond regret of my choices. I would give anything to turn back time and to change what I did and would NOT have terminated. I know having a baby at my age is a long shot and in no way will change or make up for my poor choices I made years or ago. However, since my mid 30's I have long for a biological child but have not started trying to conceive until recently. I know God has forgiven me for what I did. But I have really put myself through hell feeling guilty over it for years and years, and prayed for forgiveness too many times to count. However, I've never truly been able to forgive myself. Only in the past few weeks for the first time have I ever come to terms on how I need to deal with this in order to heal and work towards forgiving myself. This is an entirely different subject and has nothing to do with getting pregnant or having children as the answer. And I don't believe if I never have children I'm being punished by God. Again it's my own internal struggle, but I am relieved to say for the first time in my life, I've been dealing with it and have things I need to do in order to heal which again has nothing to do with me personally having children at this point, although it would be a blessing. Anyway, just wanted to give some of my history first.
I'll get to my question: I went to a fertility doctor recently and had some baseline blood work and the Clomid Challenge Test performed. I have the results. The doctor told me for my age, I have as good of a chance as anyone of my age being able to conceive, but that still wasn't great news as he gave me less than 20% odds I would conceive the old fashion way with my own eggs. Here are my results: BASELINE BLOODWORK RESULTS: DHEA-S = 47.20 ug/dl; FREE T3=2.75 pg/ml; FREE T4= 0.919 ng/dl; PROLACTIN= 31.60 ng/ml; TSH = 2.36 ulU/ml; AMH = 0.41 ng/mL FOR CLOMID TEST CHALLENGE: DAY (3) THREE RESULTS: LH = 6.29 mlU/ml; FSH = 9.17 mlU/ml; ESTRADIOL = 35.58 pg/ml DAY (10) TEN RESULTS: LH = 19.64 mlU/ml; FSH = 8.80 mlU/ml.
I like my doctor, but I didn't get all my questions answered regarding my results. The most important question I now have is regarding the FSH level on day (3) three = 9.17 mlU/ml. It's my understanding the normal range (meaning good news) for this level is anywhere between 2.5-10.2 mlU/ml which I fall within. However, since mine came in at 9.17, I feel as if I'm pushing the limits so to speak. My question is if there is a breakdown of great, good, fair, bad,etc of that range? For example only, something such aas maybe up to 6.5 is great, then between 6.6-8.0 is good, but between 8.0-10.2 is fair to low?? This would be like breaking down and evaluating the FSH "normal range." He did say it was a good sign my FSH was lower (8.80) on day 10 when compared to 9.17 on day 3, but again it doesn't seem like it’s significantly lower which I wonder if this matters? He said my AMH was low but typical for my age. I believe I have a chance of conceiving, and I'm so grateful for the results I have gotten because at least I feel I have hope. I know there's not a high chance though. I'm just looking for insight into that "normal" range of FSH levels. I hope what I wondering makes sense. So sorry for such a long post. Thanks so much.