My 31-year-old sister went in to her local fertility clinic for her baseline ultrasound and FSH day-3 testing today to see if she can donate eggs to us.
And apparently her antral follicle count (AFC) isn't so great, given her age and our desire to use her as a donor. They saw 4 on one side, and 3 to 4 on the other side.
We are still waiting for the estrogen, FSH, and LH levels to come back today. And we are waiting on her AMH levels too.
We'll have to repeat all this in Denver if we decide to go that far...but what we don't want to have happen is for my sister to go out there and fail the screening like the anonymous donor did. Then she'd be out 1-2 sick days and we'd be out another $6,500 + her flight and hotel costs. So we were trying to get a good sense ahead of time that she would pass.
Needless to say, after hearing the antral follicle count was this low, Will and I are having a sinking feeling about this.
My sister, on the other hand, was blissfully unaware that this was not great news until I told her this morning that the Denver cutoff is usually 12 for a donor, although they might make an exception since she is my sister.
One thing that is puzzling us is that we think my baseline count has never been so great (like 6 on each side or something), and when stimulated, I crank out 18, 19, 22, 25, eggs, like a veritable egg factory (not that it has done us much good so far...)
Another thing is that my sister just got off of the birth control pill a little over a month ago...wondering if that could affect her AFC still?
So I'm a bit confused about how much weight to place on this.
So now I turn to you...how correlated has your antral follicle count been with your egg retrieval numbers? And how old were you? It would be great for us to hear (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and would also be a good resource to others who may stumble on this page down the line.
Maybe this isn't "meant to be." Maybe we aren't "supposed" to go with my sister? But I'm not even sure what that means anymore, really.
Feeling sucker punched, again. Seems like we can't catch a break over here.
God, I hate this whole process.
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