Monday, September 24, 2007

Playing the numbers

OK, readers -- all four of you -- here's the math question of the day. The subject: whether to transfer one or two embryos. Here's what you need to know:

1. I have a 25 to 30 percent chance of getting pregnant if I transfer one.
2. I have a 40 percent chance of getting pregnant if I transfer two.
3. If I transfer two and get pregnant, I have a 20 percent chance of having twins.
4. If I get pregnant, I have a 15 to 20 percent chance of miscarriage PER EMBRYO that takes.

Twins scare the hell of out of me. But I could do without another miscarriage and another failed cycle. Seems to me that if I transfer two, I'm just as likely to miscarry as I am to get pregnant with twins. Yet my overall success rate is higher.

Anyone got an opinion here?

1 comment:

Amyjay said...

Saying your scared as hell of having twins is completely reasonable...from the very real chances of pre-term labor to the craziness of life with twins (while challenging at the beginning it does get easier when they get older).

Saying your scared as hell of having twins is very different than saying you really don't want twins. If you don't want twins don't implant more than 1 embryo. I was reading "the boards" of a newly pregnant IVFer who nonchalantly remarks of not wanting more than 1....well why did you put 3 back in!!?? Some of us who are not pregnant want conception (and what ever goddess gives us). What is this women going to say if it is twins? Sorry to be ranting here. Sorry if what I'm saying bugs you.

I believe if you were meant to be the mother of twins than that will happen no matter what, as we know, 1 embryo can create twins. Also, if you implant 2 there is a 60% chance you won't have twins.

I would personally go for it i.e. increase the chance of conception. But, then again I really want twins so I don't have to go through this process again.

I'm sure what ever you decide is the choice you were meant to make. Good luck in making your decision.