Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Fertilisation Report

I've just had a call from the embryologist.

Of the 21 eggs, three were immature (making poo jokes I imagine) and one had disintegrated.

Which left me with 17 for fertilisation.




Oh, I can't bear the tension.





Can you?




Exciting, innit?




12 fertilised.

Awesome.

I will now get daily phone calls letting me know how they are getting on, and when the transfer will happen.  I don't know about you but I always use to think the sooner the embryos are back in their natural womb environment the better.  I mean it makes sense doesn't it?

No, apparently not.

There is a much higher success rate if the transfer can be delayed until the embryos become blastocytes (5 - 6 days).

The risk of course is that the longer the embryo's are developing in their petri dish the more chance there is that they will stop dividing and I'll end up with nothing to put back at all.  Which is why it is such a good thing that I have so many to choose from - some will fall by the wayside, but hopefully enough will push on through to Saturday.

We shall see.



40 comments:

  1. That's a fantastic number Liz. I have my fingers crossed that they all continue on the journey. I will admit that I found this wait (between the collection and the transfer) the hardest. I hope it flies by.

    I had a grade A blastocyst put back in for my fresh cycle (which obviously didn't take) and really didn't hold out much hope for a frozen blastocyst taking (because I had read somewhere that they don't thaw as well) but my little frozen blastocyst is now 27 weeks old!

    Wishing you all the best - it is so exciting!

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  2. Oh! :-D holy shit.

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  3. Ahhhhh how exciting!!! Excellent result so far. Hope you're felling OK and not too bloaty and sore. Do you get the option of one or two blasts to transfer or are you limited to one?

    With my cycle I spent ages in a dither about whether to transfer one or two blasts only to be told on day three post retrieval to get back to the hospital as they were not doing particularly well, so I had two dubious looking embryos put back on day three with none to freeze and still had a lovely healthy little boy 8 months later. I'm very hopeful for you that whatever they put back will lead to a lovely healthy baby (or two) as well!!

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  4. Hooray - 12 is fantastic! Oh the waiting, it used to kill me, hopefully you'll be fine though with that many. You're bound to have a few blastocysts at least.

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  5. Holy moley! Great to hear so many of them fertilized! I will be thinking happy, dividing thoughts for you and your embryos! Hears to 5d blasts!

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  6. Wonderful news! I'm glad to hear about the better chances with a Day-5 transfer, because that's what we're going to have to do in order to have time to complete our genetic testing. May the wait be full of distractions!

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  7. Congratulations!!!! 12!!! Hoping for a successful transfer!!!

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  8. congrats! that's a great number. I hope that they all do great things!

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  9. Oh my goodness! You are rich with embryos! My embryos were doing well by day 3 and there were quite a few to choose from (6 I think?) so they kept them till Day 5. By then only 4 were left, but I can only assume they were the strongest 4, making it easier for the doctors to choose the very best. You must be ecstatic with your progress so far. This part of the waiting is so hard, yet exciting. Thank goodness for daily updates!

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  10. OMG, they really got it on! Great news! This is a very good sign.

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  11. 12 sounds fantastic! Hoping that you get plenty through to day 5 for transfer/freezing!

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  12. Yay, a whole dozen, that's amazing! I'm so very hopeful for you.

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  13. Congrats, that is great news! I hope the rest of the cycle goes well!

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  14. 12 is downright fantastic. It's excellent, Liz. And this way they can watch them get to blast. And you may even have some to freeze. It's looking really, really good and all my fingers and toes are crossed for you. Keep those updates coming.

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  15. Saturday, I want you to know, is a very auspicious day where I come from.

    It's St. Piran's Day, the patron saint of Cornwall and tin miners. He apparently surfed onto Cornish shores having floated on a millstone (impossible you say?) from Ireland.

    Mining, floating and miracles.

    I'm sure you can work those words in somewhere.

    Fingers crossed for you and incidentally, Piran is a great name as my own son will testify.

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  16. Great starting number of fertilized eggs! Wishing you the best of luck!

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  17. Fabulous numbers!!!!!! So happy I bumped into this update :)

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  18. An even dozen! Perfect number, if I do say so myself.

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  19. Amazing! Fingers crossed over here.

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  20. WOW, I'm behind. I've been off the grid for a while and had to catch up this morning. Congrats on doing IVF! We're up in a couple months, just have to tie up some loose ends at work. I read EVERYTHING you posted because it's an amazing story of what we'll be doing this year. Congrats on the 12 fertilized eggs! That's great! Can't wait to hear more of the story!

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  21. Yay!

    (Five days of this nail-chewing? EEEEP).

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  22. Love those numbers! Actually, they are very similar to my last IVF.

    Wishing you all the best.

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  23. Oh yay, yay! That's really good.
    And fingers crossed for five days, which is going to make doing stuff interesting.

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  24. That is an excellent fertilisation report!! My dr felt the same about 5 day transfers - the wait is definitely tough but worth it in the end - I'm now close to 31 weeks pregnant after a 5 day transfer of 1 blast :)

    I'll be watching and waiting with you!

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  25. Fabulous! GL! So glad you're finally to this point.

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  26. A dozen fertilised eggs, you'd give the Easter Bunny a run for his money! Excellent news!

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  27. Yay!! 12 fertilized is an awesome number! Just think you're already in your 2 week wait!!! I hope the transfer goes well and is successful!!

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  28. I think the length of it in petri dish vs. back in the home territory depends on the clinic and the consultants involved - some recommend getting to day 5, others (like mine) felt strongly that at day 2 they get popped back in.

    Whatever the view, you have a mighty fine clutch of eggs there, ma'am.

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  29. What an absolutely brilliant effort! Bloody impressed!!

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  30. fantastic retrieval and fert report! Great news

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  31. soooo happy for you and your babies :)

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  32. That is so fantastic!!!! Congrats!!!!

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  33. That's wonderful results!
    I had similar results and i ended up with 6 x 5 day blastys - one to go in and 5 to freeze. Hope yours kick butt x

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  34. Eeeek!! Sooo exciting! I cannot wait for this to all work out and to read a bfp post in a few weeks! I've got everything crossed for you girl!!

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  35. At my IVF they collected 24 eggs. 19 were mature. 13 fertilized. Each day the report from the embryologist got worse. At 3 days they transferred the 3 best ones. I now have my beautiful son (the only one left from 24 eggs).

    I just wanted to point out that it only takes 1! Trust in your RE & the embryologist. They want to do what's best for you.

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