Posts Tagged ‘embryo transfer’

EmbryoS transfer.

October 6, 2012

Starbuck’s bathrooms: an anonymous, safe place to have explosive nerve related diarrhoea.

Following said sickness (on both our parts, twice on mine), I gently encouraged TMD to drink two large bottles of water, since we knew she needed a full bladder. Holy jesus, this was a mistake. She was okay for awhile. We walked to the clinic, she got into the room, she was taken for an abdominal scan to check if her bladder was full. She changed into her hospital gown and we sat in the private room.

And that, folks, is where she became like that little girl in the Exorcist. She is one crazy, jittery, MEAN motherfucker when she needs to pee. (And Sara, I told her what you said about pre-transfer pee pain, and in her crazy fog of cruelty, she said you had jinxed her. I think she is over it now, though!)

After an eternity of waiting, the nurse, doctor, and embryologist came in. This is where our streak of Win! slowed down. It wasn’t great news. We did have two embryos that were much stronger than the others, but each of these embryos was rated the lowest they could be. No lower exists. C-C, for IVF buffs.

The embryologist strongly urged us to have two embryos transferred given the quality of the embryos, and we agreed. She looked really relieved, which slightly worried me. But obviously chances of pregnancy are greater with two rather than one, especially when neither is a sure thing. She said both were blastocysts and had a good number of cells…and, the best part, were ‘not rock bottom.’ Why, how very reassuring of you.

She did say that because of the number of cells in each, there was still a chance of a twin pregnancy. I was like, ‘But are these less than ideal embryos going to get her pregnant?’ Clearly they were all still obsessed with the twin thing, and she was all,’We’ve seen twin pregnancies from C-C embryos before, haven’t we doctor?’ to which the doctor chuckled and nodded. Okay, dude, whatever.

They are letting the other five embryos develop another twenty four hours, and they will check tomorrow to see if there are any they can freeze. Somehow I doubt it, but fingers crossed anyway. Hell, fingers crossed we won’t need them!

Into theatre. TMD was a real trooper and did well with the transfer, even though she lost feeling in her hands from the nerves. She was fantastic, our two embryo superheroes were transferred, and now we wait.

T minus ten days till the pregnancy test.

Tomorrow is yet another Big Day in babymaking land.

October 5, 2012

Tomorrow is the big day – embryo transfer. It feels like it has been a very long time coming, and definitely like this cycle of IVF has been going on for a few months. Nuts, that whole ‘time is relative’ thing.

I’m too tired to write a whole lot. Suffice to say all of this stuff is still a no-mention-please on Facebook. And we are possibly verging into territory of even our parents not knowing what may be mentioned here. So mum is the word. Or, y’know, two mums are the word.

Har de har har.

Apparently we aren’t the only ones tomorrow. The nurse jauntily told TMD that we are all told to arrive at 9:30, and then women are taken in order of bladder fullness. How they decide that, I do not know. Her little info sheet did say ‘full/bursting bladder,’ so perhaps whatever woman passes out or goes into shock from one of her internal organs rupturing wins.

I am super tired, though. As soon as we are back in our home parts, I’m picking the kids up from Nana and dropping TMD off there. She’s going to spend the weekend there. And it’s really the least she deserves, but the selfish lady in me is wondering how I will survive all that time on my own, especially as I have been comatose lately. I really, really need my alone time to recharge and I think this weekend and next week may be challenging. Jesus. I hope I wake up in the night if they get up. I despise coffee, but feel it may make an appearance in my life soon..

Too bad we only have decaf everything, as caffeine is bad for your fertility. A trip to the shops may be in order. Or tell me your natural and powerful supplements.

At any rate, you’ll next hear from me tomorrow afternoon, after my gorgeous (and also very tired) wife is officially Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise.

Fertilisation update and it is AWESOME.

October 2, 2012

All seven have fertilised! This is great. Fantastic. Superb!

The embryologist talked to TMD and said because all eggs have fertilised, we are looking at a transfer on Saturday.

For those who are not IVF buffs, here is a small breakdown.

Eggs get taken out and fertilised that same day. If none of the embryos are looking good, you do a two day transfer because it is better to just get them back in. If you have a couple of frontrunners that look great, but the rest are not so great, you do a day three transfer. If all the embryos are looking awesome, you can do a day five transfer. This gives you an extra couple of days to see how they develop so the strongest embryo/s can be picked. Obviously it also means the embryos are further along and likely to be hatching – the stage at which they would be implanting if they were inside your womb.

Last time we did a day three transfer, but really because that was standard practice at the time. Although, as I have said before, the embryos that developed into our children WERE the frontrunners, so even by today/the new clinic’s standards, we likely would have had a three day transfer anyway.

Now we wait. He said they would call Thursday morning with a decision, which is a trifle complicated what with TMD’s work and all, so we plan to talk to them tomorrow afternoon for another progress report.

I was still a bit worried that all our eggs wouldn’t be mature, some having come out of tiny follicles, so this is truly amazing. We have seven little embryos just doing their thang! Let’s hope they continue to grow, grow, grow.

Thank you all for all the comments. I know it may sound silly, but they are keeping us going. This has all been so stressful, and it has been such a huge support to log in here and read all your words (hi, Liv!), especially as no one aside from our parents knows we are doing IVF in real life. And our parents spend most of their time warning us against twins and worrying about us. You guys are stars.

Now if you’ll excuse me, yesterday’s sedation/the stress-adrenaline is kicking my ass. I slept all day yesterday and all last night, and still woke up tired. My pain levels following egg collection are much less than last time, with no blood.

I guess my fat, old self is KICKING ASS AND TAKING NAMES!

IVF questions from you guys!

August 17, 2012

So, I’ve had a couple of questions regarding our current IVF plans. Both require longer answers and will no doubt be talked through in full detail later, but here’s the quickie version.

How many embryos will we be transferring?

I don’t know. We want one baby this time, though of course you know The Crazy in me would love two. But one is what we are aiming for. In this country, you can transfer two embryos – though one is often recommended. In exceptional circumstances, three may be transferred.

We are not an exceptional circumstance, but we would never transfer three anyway. I guess my current thinking is that if we had an embryo of the same stellar quality of the existing Snort and Coconut, we would transfer one. If the embryos were not as high quality, I guess we’d go for two. It’s sort of a gamble either way, as I know women who had very high grade embryos and IVF did not work….while on the flip side, a set of twins we are very close to was the result of two very low grade embryos.

It’s hard, because IVF costs so much money and is so demanding on time, emotional energy, and physical bodies. It’s a lot to go through to purposely reduce your chances of success. Our last pregnancy the initial tagline could have been, ‘We’d rather have two than none,’ but alongside that was the weird expectation that we’d have twins anyway….and that is an outcome we wanted. We wanted multiples, and we were lucky enough to get them.

I hope we’re as lucky this time around, but perhaps with just one little baby who sticks, grows, thrives, and is born.

Are we using the same sperm donor?

No. We did ask the clinic if his sperm was still available, as we did not purchase ‘sibling sperm’ at the time of our first IVF. I don’t know why not. I think we were just so happy and felt blessed to have two babies growing in me that it eclipsed all other practical considerations.

We would have liked to use the same donor, but he is no longer available. That being said, our baby will be our baby. Love makes a family, and I’m sure whatever donor this third baby (and fourth?? Ha!) has will be the right donor for this time and space.

Prior to having children, I thought it mattered who the donor was. Physical characteristics, intelligence, hobbies. I thought it all mattered. Turns out that, for us anyway, it didn’t. Does not. What matters is the end product, a little person to love and nurture and be amazed by.

Do feel free to ask any other questions. I’ll try to answer them.

Hope you are all well. I’m writing this Thursday night, and as yet have not heard from the clinic. If we haven’t heard by Monday, I’ll call them again then. Our only concerns about IVF this time around are the dates -TMD can’t be officially pregnant before mid to late September for work reasons, so that means an egg collection at the end of September should be okay. (As you are technically pregnant from the date of your last cycle, so that means about two weeks where you are ‘pregnant’ even through there’s no kid in you! Fun facts.)

I’ll be publishing this Friday, which is the first day of Coconut’s new gymnastics class. She’s a short powerhouse who taught herself to do forward rolls at age 1, so I have high hopes she’ll be participating in the next Olympics, should the age requirement be lowered. I want free seats!

Love to you all.

‘It’s all up to the embryos now,’ the doctor said.

December 7, 2008

Just here for one of my five second forays into being in an upright position.

Had embryo transfer yesterday. For those in the know, I had two 8 cell grade 1+ embryos transferred. The most cells an embryo can be at a 3 day transfer is eight cells, so these little puppies were doing very well. Embryos are also graded on fragmentation (no fragmentation is the most desirable). Grade 1 is the highest they can be – and we got a little plus.

Picture a circle with eight little blobs in it, times two.

Essentially, these are the highest grade/quality embryos is it possible to get. The others weren’t so good, and none of them were suitable for freezing.

After the transfer as I was lying somewhat inverted on a table, the lovely nurse there kept going on and on about how sure she was I would get pregnant. She said this quality of embryo generally leads to a positive outcome, and she also said she wasn’t just trying to give me false hope. Essentially, my age, the quality of both embryos, and my kick ass lining are  winning combination.

I am, of course, terrified that the little babies won’t find my uterine lining somehow. That they will just continue to float somewhere in the middle. So cross your fingers!!!

We got our first ultrasound picture yesterday, of both embryos in their first seconds in my womb. Will try to post that when I am back in the world of not lying horizontal all the time. Still, horizontal is good – I discovered this early morning kid’s show called Yu Gi Oh GX – the most fucking stupid show on the planet. It held myself and TMD spellbound. Afterward she kept saying things in her Yu Gi Oh voice. The embryos probably thought there was an earthquake, I was shaking so hard with laughter.

Perhaps TMD will write more about the actual transfer later.

I need to go.

Last piece of news: I’m now taking the ass bullets in my Va Gi Na GX, and the resulting melting discharge makes my pubic hair look like snow capped hair mountains.