Wednesday was scheduled for my day 5 embryo transfer. I made it and was soooooo happy that morning. I started in my favorite way…with a snuggle. This time I decided this time to skip the pre-transfer acupuncture session and traded that time for extra hugs and calm assurances. MrBeep is a snugglebug and this makes me a very very happy girl indeed.
I brought all the magic juju I could think of. Naturally I had on my wedding ring, but on my other hand I wore my great-grandmother’s ruby cluster ring. On my neck I wore my grandmother’s locket she gave me to wear on my wedding day. My grandpa gave it to her when they were dating, over sixty years ago. I also wore a jade and gold necklace my mom gave me. I picked it out for her on a visit to San Francisco when I was about 7 years old. I always loved that necklace and she gave it to me as a wedding gift. I wore her mother’s earring in one ear and JJ’s earring in the other ear. Counting my wedding ring, it was 4 generations of luck on one side of the family and three generations on the other. I even wore my favorite nifty socks. ;-) After morning prep, ensuring full bladder uncomfortability stage and popping a happy pill, I was whisked off headed to the RE’s office.
We arrived and were greeted by the staff with many wishes of good luck I slipped into a sexy hospital gown number and was covered with warm blankets. I love the warm blankets. MrBeep got to wear pretty blue scrubs. FYI - Many aspects were similar to last time in terms of how an embryo transfer is performed, the prep and procedure. If you are curious, you can read about it in my prior post, “Showin’ and Tellin’ about my little monsters.”
We relaxed in the room a while when DrKAwesome stopped by to give us the embryologist’s report. All six embryos were still alive at day 5 and they had 3 who were in the best shape and a little farther along in development. They had successfully reached the early blastocyst stage. As a review, we got 18 eggs, out of those 14 were mature and 10 fertilized normally using ICSI. At day 3 6 looked pretty good, so they decided to go for a day 5 transfer, my RE office generally only does this if 5 or more are looking good. You may ask, why is keeping track of how embryos are doing is important? There have been very specific studies at Stanford University that look the likelyhood of getting pregnant on an IVF cycle.
The researchers found that four factors—total number of embryos, number of eight-cell embryos, percentage of embryos that stopped dividing and would die, and the woman’s follicle-stimulating hormone level, a measurement that estimates ovarian function—were most important in determining a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant. The four together were 70 percent accurate in predicting whether the current IVF cycle would result in a pregnancy.
The researchers also found that these four factors were more predictive than any single measure of the actual transferred embryo(s). An individual embryo could meet all the criteria for a transfer, but if the IVF cycle produced a small number of embryos, few eight-cell embryos and a high percentage of embryos that stopped dividing, the woman’s chance of getting pregnant could actually be quite low.
“If you talk with IVF patients or doctors, they wouldn’t be surprised” to hear that the quality of all embryos in a cycle—not just the transferred one—matters, Yao said. “But it’s important to go beyond intuition and to prove it scientifically, in order to move the field forward.”
You can find the full article here. http://med.stanford.edu/news_releases/2008/july/IVF.html. I know this is not 100% sure, but it does a lot to put my mind and heart at ease during the 2WW. Many of my ladies already know this, but after 40 this becomes an even scarier notion. It is a big indicator of whether you will be refused/discouraged to use your own eggs and move on to donor. I have no problem with donor. I think the idea is fabulous and I am so happy it is an option for my friends and maybe some day for me down the road, but I wanted at least one good cycle. At least one good try before giving up on my own DNA. I would have made me very sad to have lost the race the minute after I stepped out of the gate. It also made me feel a lot better to know that even if this doesn’t work, we have a protocol that works well for my body. I didn’t want to be out of options there either.
We discussed a few issues with DrKAwesome and then decided (due to my age) to transfer….
(wait for it)
(can you feel the tension?)
♥♥♥ 3 ♥♥♥
That’s right my wonderful bloggidy friends. I’ve got 3 lil’ blasty monsters baking away in here. After the transfer, we went home. I rested in bed and got more happy warm snuggles. Later in the evening MrBeep treated me to one of my favorite restaurants. I had, as a tribute to my day with soo many people being up in my ladybusiness, spaghetti alla puttanesca. “How is the whore’s crotch?” MrBeep would ask me. “Simply Divine” I would answer and we laughed and laughed.
So c’mon my little monsters. I know your journey has been long and hard.