Elevated FSH in 28 year old whose ovaries are behaving as if they are over 40 years of age

Hi, this is Dr. Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility. I am the medical director at Dominion Fertility. I have a really interesting patient story that I’d like to share with you. I’m excited about this. It’s a really incredible story and I think you will enjoy it.

This is a patient who came to see me back in March of this year. She had stopped her birth control pills about one year earlier and her periods were irregular, coming about every 28-45 days. She went to her ob/gyn and he tested her blood for the hormone FSH and it was elevated. She came to see me. Indeed, her FSH was elevated and her AMH level, which tests for ovarian reserve, was very low.

She is 28 years of age and her ovaries are behaving as if they are over 40 years of age.

She is 28 years of age and her ovaries are behaving as if they are over 40 years of age. So, I told her you need to get pregnant now and she was all game for that. We put her into our stimulated IVF program and we only got two eggs. Both of those eggs fertilized and both of those eggs grew to become what is called blastocyst embryos.

Dominion Fertility is one of the leading centers in the United States for the PGS procedure.

This is really remarkable. More importantly, we tested the embryos to make sure they were genetically normal, using PGS or embryo biopsy. Dominion Fertility is one of the leading centers in the United States for the PGS procedure. One of her two embryos was genetically normal, so I put that embryo back into her. All of these procedures were done in our office in Arlington. I put that embryo into her in September and we sent her out the door in early October, pregnant, to go back to her ob/gyn.

Had she not come in to see us, most likely she would have never gotten pregnant.

To me this is a remarkable story. A 28-year-old whose ovaries are acting as if she is in her 40s, and her fertility was really, quite frankly, a reproductive emergency. Had she not come in to see us, most likely she would have never gotten pregnant. Who knows? But we’re  happy for her and it’s an exciting day for us today at Dominion Fertility. 

- Dr. DiMattina

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