Saturday, October 6, 2007

Now with 200 percent more embryos!

Had the transfer today. Of the 23 eggs that retrieved, 11 fertilized, and only 2 produced embryos worth transferring. That's quite disappointing, given that everyone seemed certain we'd have something to freeze. The remaining 9 embryos were pretty poor quality, and the clinic didn't think it was worth it to try to grow them some more and freeze them. (She seemed to think that while my ovaries are producing large quantities of eggs, apparently the quality is not so good.)

That left us with two embryos. The clinic grades them on a scale from 1 to 6, 1 being the best and 6 being the worst. It's rare to have a grade-1 embryo, but we had one, and the other one was rated a 2. The doctor felt these were very good and recommended transferring both. She thought the pregnancy rate might be 50 percent with two, and that we'd have a 25 percent chance of getting pregnant with twins (or: 50 percent chance if I got pregnant). The rate for transferring one, of course, was lower. We agonized, given our fear of twins, but in the end decided that two was the best choice. It wouldn't have been worth it to freeze the grade-2 embryo, and I couldn't see going through that whole process to end up with just one embryo.

So, cross your fingers that this whole adventure ends in a healthy pregnancy -- preferably a singleton pregnancy. We'll know if it worked in about two weeks.

1 comment:

vee said...

I'm sorry about the disappointing division rates. Not having anything to freeze after having been through all that but be disappointing.

But a Grade 1! And a Grade 2! And both on board! I'm hoping hard that one of them takes up residency.