Here's a scenario I hear a lot from clients...
Woman did multiple IVFs over the course of several months. Very often, 3 cycles over 6-7 months or thereabouts (1 cycle on, 1 cycle off - maybe a month of rest here or there). Usually the first 1 or 2 cycles have a decent response. Then the 3rd cycle is disappointing with less eggs retrieved and lower fertilization rate.
So here's my not-so-humble 2 cents based on 19 years of clinical practice helping patients get pregnant...
Your body is meant to ovulate ONE egg at a time (unless your or your male partner's family has a history of twins). Just because you take meds to increase that number significantly doesn't mean your body likes it. The external hormones are overriding your body's internal hormonal regulation. At some point, your body will rebel and shut down.
Kinda like when I tell my kids to just eat a little sugar cuz if they eat too much, their bodies are gonna rebel. With symptoms like stomachache, can't sleep, can't focus, feel like crap, etc. Then I just smirk and say "I told you so." Yeah, I'm mean like that cuz I've said it enough times that they can suffer the consequences. Just cuz they CAN eat more sugar doesn't mean their body can handle it. But every kid is different in how much sugar they can handle.
If you see this reduced response to fertility meds happening, it might just be that your body needs a rest. It's being pushed beyond your natural limits and you're not giving it enough time to recover.
Women can rebound with the lifestyle and nutritional changes I teach in the GPS (Get Pregnant and Stay pregnant) Fertility Program.
In fact, I have a client right now who hasn't had a period of her own naturally since 2016, before she started her IVF journey in 2017. Her body REALLY didn't like all the external manipulation and completely shut down (this is a very extreme and unusual situation). Within 1 month of starting my program and getting off ALL meds, her period started (again, very exceptional reacton since it usually takes much longer to respond). Hallelujah! Her body is starting to wake up and come back online.
Now I'm rewriting her internal software with my Fertility Top10 (http://zenfertility.com/top10) so that she can get pregnant, hopefully by the end of this year.
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