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.