Friday, September 14, 2007

IVF #1 - Transfer

Well, as you all knew, on Wednesday (24 hours after Retrieval), we received a call from WH stating of the 17 eggs they got, 13 were mature (this is common to have immature ones in the group). Of those 13, 7 fertilized. Our next report was this morning.

When we went in for the Transfer this morning, we were told one extra embryo fertilized late, so we had 8 now. However, none of them were perfect quality (meaning, no fragmentation in the cells). No one agrees upon a grading scale/method, but WH uses A-D, A being no fragmentation, B minor fragmentation, etc. D's rarely make it I think, because they're severely fragmented. Anyway, all of ours were B's.

They also look for them to be 7-8 cells on Day 3 (Transfer Day). We didn't have any with that many, but we had a 6-cell, 3 5-cells, 2 4-cells, and 2 3-cells. The 3-cells they do not expect to keep growing. Whatever is still growing on Sunday will be frozen. It may be all, may be none, we don't know. We were offered a chance to transfer 3 (highly unusual considering my age!), but considering that we had no perfect embryos I guess they thought it worth offering. We chose to only transfer the 6-cell and a 5-cell, simply because we did not think we could honestly pray for a triplet pregnancy/babies.

I AM a little discouraged, given my age and our "unexplained" status, that we didn't get anything better. But the Lord has been in control and it remains that way. Thank you so much for all your love and prayers. No matter what, I get a blood test on 9/26 to determine the outcome of all this. So until then just pray for the survival of these two embryos inside me. J flys home tomorrow, I fly home Monday. I'm resting a lot until then. :)

I've only done two of the Progersterone in Oil shots. I have to do this 2 weeks if not pregnant, 7 weeks if pregnant. The first was a breeze... the 2nd, I think I hit my sciatic nerve, because I woke up at 4 in intense pain and could not sleep after an hour w/o Tylenol! So I've got to get better at that.

If you want to see actual pictures of what I'm talking about with cells and fragmentation, just click the pages below.

http://www.advancedfertility.com/embryoquality.htm http://www.ohiorepromed.com/embryo_grading.htm

8 comments:

CAM said...

You need to feel hopeful! They are now in a comforable place and you have to have hope that they will make a home there. Your body will be healthier and happier if it is positive.
Take the time to rest and find relaxing things to do. I'll be back to check in...
HAPPY THOUGHTS :)

andrea_jennine said...

Isn't it so comforting to know that your embryos are all in God's good hands? There is so much we don't know or understand about why some fertilize and some don't, why some embryos grow and some don't, about what kind of embryo will turn into a healthy baby, but we can take refuge that the Lord knows it all and cares for every detail, every cell.
Get some good rest this week!

mchope said...

Wishing you good luck on this IVF cycle. I have heard so many stories of "less-than-perfect" embryos becoming perfect babies. Take care!

Glenna Marshall said...

Praying for you!!!!

gracechild said...

i really hope this turns out well for you. good luck. my prayers are with you

K said...

Praying, praying, praying for you!!!

Elaine said...

Thank you for sharing your IVF journey. I am new to this journey and it helps knowing what to expect at dr. appts, emotionally and phycially. I am saying a special prayer for you today, and I can't wait until you update us!!!!

Ann said...

Hey, at least all of your embryos were Bs! I'm really hoping this is it for you.