Wednesday, January 12, 2011

fertilization report

The embryologist called this morning, and I got really nervous because she didn't immediately tell me how many fertilized.  She started by saying that upon further analysis, only 8 of my eggs were mature, and that she had looked back at my chart and that number seemed to correspond with my follicle measurements.  She said that one more was on the verge of being mature, so she went ahead and did ICSI on those 9 (ICSI was included in the package we purchased and we wanted to use it since there are slightly higher fertilization rates with ICSI).  The one that was not quite mature didn't fertilize, but all 8 mature eggs did!  8 little embryos continuing to grow!  We will get our next report on Friday.

Interestingly, when A and I first started seriously discussing IVF we were thinking of only fertilizing 8 eggs to avoid having lots of leftover embryos.  As we learned more, though, we realized that we wanted as many embryos as possible to heighten our chances of getting healthy embryos to work with.  In all honesty, I feel a little disappointed with this number...I am so nervous that we will not end up with quality embryos for transfer.  I keep trying to remind myself that quality is the most important thing, though, and I at least have age on my side for that.  For now I am picturing my little embryos and sending them all my love.

13 comments:

  1. I can understand why you're disappointed, but 8 is great! 8 little chances at a baby! I'm excited for you : )

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  2. How exciting! 8 Fertilized is an excellent number!

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  3. geat numbers and amazing fertilization percentage of your mature eggs. Now you can take a deep breath (at least until the next step in the process that is).

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  4. 8 is still loads. Hope they're dividing away like mad!

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  5. Eight is great! Try not to stress about the quality. The day before our transfer we got a call from an RE at our clinic telling us our embryos weren't good quality so we freaked but then the next day two were great and now we are pregnant with twins so really try not to worry.

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  6. Eight is great! Praying for good results for you!

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  7. 8 is GREAT. And I couldn't help but remember Sesame Street. :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GOqM18Bhhg

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  8. 8 embryos is great!!! Keeping everything crossed for you!!!

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  9. It will all work out! I know it! 8 little embryos is a sweet number. Sending you good thoughts!

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  10. Remember - it only takes 1! Your chances are still really good!

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  11. So happy for you! That's great news that all the mature eggs fertilized. I hope they all grow well, too!

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  12. I don't know much about IVF, but 8 sounds pretty good!!!!!
    All you need is one little guy to make it happen!!!!
    Can't wait to hear how they grow!!!!

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  13. that is a seriously fantastic fertilization report!! Looking forward to hearing about how they grow!

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