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Trying to conceive- had an ultrasound today

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    I have been trying to conceive since a few months. I am 23. Today, I had an ultrasound and the doctor told me I only have 3 follicles in total. The doctor said it was unusual for my age. Didn't say any more as I was scheduled for just a scan. I cried the entire way home. I have been googling since then and discovered that usually after the age of 45 one has that low follicles and a healthy person has around 35 follicles per month. I don't feel like doing anything anymore, I have lost my appetite as well.
    I know this is not a fertility or pregnancy forum, but I have been using TSR since a few years and this is the only place I have found good and quick answers to my questions, although study related, so far. I would really appreciate it if someone who has knowledge about this could tell me more.
    Thank you

    I don't know whether you'll get the best advice from the (presumably quite young) population of TSR. Who did the USS? Was it in the NHS or something arranged privately? Have you been referred to a fertility clinic? GPs in most areas will refer if you have been having regular unprotected sex for >12 months without conception. It sounds as if you need to speak to a professional who can help you interpret the result of this scan and understand what your options are from this stage.

    I wouldn't have thought that three follicles was an unusual number in a regular cycle, and on its own it doesn't necessarily mean any problems with fertility. Have you had any blood tests etc done yet to see if you're ovulating? And how long have you been trying to conceive? "A few months" is not long at all - up to a year is considered normal, and most GPs won't refer for investigations before then. I think you'd be better discussing this with your doctor, in the context of any other results, because it's impossible to interpret on its own. Other forums like Mumsnet (they have a dedicated board for Conception) will be likely to give you more information and support.

    Yep, the point at which it officially becomes an issue is usually a year of trying to conceive - a delay of 'a few months' is normal.

    Have you been keeping track of when you're fertile, either by using commercial tests or via your cervical mucus and/or temperature?
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