We officially started the IVF process today! We had our injection teaching class and our embryology consult. Basically, I got overloaded with information about all the different injections (I start stims on Dec. 31st...Happy New Year), then we had to sign lots of forms saying what to do with our embryos in every conceivable situation. We only found one question difficult to answer...how many eggs we wanted (potentially) fertilized. Before we decided to do IVF, our biggest hesitation was the thought of having lots of leftover embryos and having to make a hard decision about what to do with them. After our losses, we were sure that, in our opinion, embryos are little lives. Please understand that I am not being all judgy here...everyone decides what they are comfortable with, and I support anyone else's decision 100%. Destroying our embryos at any point, though, is not really an option for us.
We had originally thought we would only expose 8 to fertilization. But the more I read the more I worried that if we limited the number exposed we would end up with no high quality embryos. My theory in moving through all of this is that I don't want to have any regrets if we get to the end of trying biologically with no baby. If we do not end up with a quality embryo, I know I would regret not fertilizing all the eggs. So for now we have decided to have all the eggs exposed to fertilization. Our clinic discussed the great need for adoption embryos, so we feel comfortable that there are some good options out there if we end up with more than we can use.
For those of you who have done one or more IVF cycles, is there anything you wish you had known beforehand? Anything that helped you through the process?