Sunday, May 06, 2007

Hope is a Dangerous thing

This new study on estrogen pre-treatment is the FIRST new treatment anywhere that gives hope for women who have premature ovarian failure, or just plain high FSH. The whole text is in Fertility and Sterility, but I haven't searched for it this weekend. From what I've read, it will work for any woman with non-responding ovaries.

I've been reluctant to go back, to try again, to have any hope at all that I would ever be able to ovulate again, or come up with a decent set of eggs, that I think I had kind of just thought forget it. And then all my other cascading medical issues, my thyroid, my life in general.

And hear comes a treatment. It might be too late. It might be pointless, but dammit, I might have the guts to phone up my Doc and go back and give it a whirl.

This must be what couples with MF infertility felt like in the before and after period of the discovery of ICSI? Before, no hope, after, wow....but will it work?

And yes, this Friday is D-Day, when I pointlessly POAS and wonder if that spinnbarkheit I saw actually meant anything. Ehhh, maybe waste some money?

15 comments:

  1. Very interesting. I think I might ask my doc about this for my crappy egg situation.

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  2. Yep. These new studies make me wonder if a clear diagnosis for many of the unexplained conditions is lurking around the corner. Sure would be nice to think that "best guess" treatments will one day be a thing of the past ...

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  3. Huh. Can I just say for a second: What took them so long to make this connection????

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  4. Would you like me to get you the pdf of the full text article? It might take me a few days, but I can certainly get it.

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  5. Yes, get your ass to the clinic - I so want this to help you. I'm cheering.

    BTW, don't waste money. Just buy a test at dollarama.

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  6. Wow, that is exciting! Holding thumbs this will work! Unless the spinna-barkie-what did!!??! Heres hoping!

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  7. Sounds like something to hold hope for. I hope your RE opens his ears wide enough to give you a chance, they can be so stuck you just want to crow bar them out, know what I mean!

    X

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  8. This sounds like it's worth a try! I know trying again just opens you up for the possibility of even more hurt, but you don't seem like you are ready to give up on trying again. You know, not deep down, for sure.

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  9. It can't hurt to have a chat with your doctor about it, right?

    And, just catching up on your blog. It sounds like you are making progress on your husband, just slowly. Mr. LIW was very resistant to couples therapy but I begged him and reminded him that he promised me he would go if I was ever convinced that we needed it. And, though he might never say it as explicitly as I would, I know that he now sees how it has helped us. So, anything is possible. Just keep working on him.

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  10. What I find interesting is how "simple" the treatment (if additional studies continue to show effectiveness) is. Not just simple, but inexpensive.

    That's something that could not be said about ICSI.

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  11. Not just simple, but inexpensive.

    Perhaps that why it took them so long to make the connection. Nah, couldn't be.

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  12. I'm forwarding this along to a friend too who just got the POF diagnosis. It is interesting that it took them this long to try this.

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  13. I am wondering if this is for women diagnosed with POF who are going the IVF route or if this is for women to achieve pregnancy naturally? I've been diagnosed with POF and still trying to figure out options. I've had no periods for 10 years and I am 32. Are they saying that they think if women with POF take estrogen or stimulate their ovaries with estrogen.. then this will cause ovulation?

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  14. Anonymous,

    I'm not sure about how it would apply to you. In the study, all the women were doing natural, either IUI or timed sex and being monitored. I have a full copy of the study if you want to email me and read it yourself? I promise discretion - aurelia dot cotta @ gmail dot com.

    I think they were all women who had stopped getting their periods and were completely off the charts for FSH.

    Let me know if it works. I'm hoping to try it although my Doc's most recent kick is DHEA. So maybe I'll do both? Ehh, not sure?

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