Friday, June 25, 2010

Fertilization Report - IVF #2 (updated)

Got the call from the clinic - here's the fertilization report: 

Of the 14 eggs retrieved, 9 were mature and were fertilized with ICSI. As a result, we have 7 embryos doing their thing! 

We're tentatively scheduled for a 3-day transfer on Sunday, with a good chance of going for the 5-day on Tuesday. We'll see on Sunday how many make it and how they are doing.

Oh, and please, dear readers, believe me when I say that I was very happy with the 14 eggs retrieved. Yes, it's a lot less than last time, but I'm not hyper-stimulated like last time AND we got fresh swimmer rather than biopsied ones this time. Getting any results is a blessing. Last time we had 24 eggs, but only 16 were mature; 9 were fertilized and we ended up with 5 blasts to transfer. Again, it's quality, not quantity that matters!

Doing ICLW this month has really brought home how I'm definitely in the "veteran" camp now doing a second IVF. I am so much less nervous, so much more zen this time around. Thankfully. 

As always, I'm so thankful for all of you, for your comments and support. 

~Jem

28 comments:

babyattheend said...

Yippeeee! Congratulations on those 7! Did they do ICSI?

Priscilla said...

That's wonderful!!! Sending all the positivity I can in your direction!!!!! XOX

Stacie said...

Sounds like things are going great! Keep doing your thing, little embies!

Hugs!

Mrs. Lemon said...

Awesome news! Finger crossed for your transfer!

tishi said...

SO excited for you, can't wait to hear your next few posts!!!! I am wishing you luck and think your new Zen-nes will help things along as well!!!

babyinterrupted said...

Woo hoo! We got seven, too, which turned out to be a great number for us. I hope SO MUCH that it is for you too. I'll be cheering on the seven!

Melissa G said...

Crossing my fingers for SEVEN embies still doing their thing on Tuesday!!!

The (Type A) Nightmare said...

Sounds great! Can't wait for the next update! ;)

Jules a.k.a. Julie said...

Hoping your 7 embies grow, grow, grow!!

Dr. Edward Ramirez, MD, FACOG said...

Coming to you from Mad Hatter's blog...saw your comment & wanted to thank you. I hope that you will have a successful transfer, looks like the retrieval went very well for you! Ironically, as an RE, my wife & I suffered from infertility too. My wife went through IVF at about your age, 14 eggs retrieved, 6 fertilized and 4 total put back...we ended up with a successful singleton, our daughter. Keep in mind, this was over 12 years ago when the technology wasn't as good as today! In fact, she was one of the first babies made using ICSI & is perfectly healthy and beautiful...
Looking forward to following your blog & to good news in your future.
EJR, MD

Pie said...

Great fert report! Hoping for good news on Sunday. And while I don't wish anyone to be an IVF "vet" having gone through the craziness before does make the next time much easier.

My fingers are crossed for you Jem!

Nicole said...

I know what you mean by feeling like a veteran. It is still just as emotional and intense, but it's not as scary so much/you know what to expect. Taking much the unknown out definitely helps the stress level.
I think your results are great! 7 embryos!! Here's to hoping for a day-5!!
So you get your next fert report on Sunday morning right? Ugh, good luck with the tense wait until then. I hate that part. They should have called infertility "waiting". It seems to be all we do!

callmemama said...

Yay! Congrats on the 7 :). Hoping for continued good news!

C said...

Great news! Thinking of you.

xxoo

Mama2Bee said...

Sounds like a great retrieval - so happy for you :) Will be wishing for more good news down the line.

BTW, had my retrieval this morning. 20 eggs retrieved but waiting to hear more news...will have call from Doc tomorrow.

'Murgdan' said...

:-) Awesome!

Alice said...

Great news! Hope you get more of it soon!

Mad Hatter said...

Seven is such a fantastic number to be fertilized! I am so excited for you! Go little embies go!
Love,
Maddy

Katie said...

Congratulations on 7! That's such a great number. :) Sending lots of "grow embabies!" vibes your way.

Katie said...

What wonderful news!! I hope to keep getting great updates when I check in with you. Its soooo your turn! Goooooo Embies! (I was never a cheerleader but I think I would have made a good one!)

subfertilefrugalista said...

Congrats, great numbers! Glad to hear you're positive about it. I think it's easy to focus on quantity but if the quality isn't there, there's no point! Wishing you the best on Sunday or Tuesday!!!

RMCarter said...

Wishing you the best of luck this time around. I so admire your positive attitude. You seem to have gone through quite the journey and I hope your happy ending is right around the corner.

Awaiting our miracle said...

Congrats on making it this far!! I hope your little embies continue to grow and the rest of your cycle goes just as well.

ICLW

PFM said...

7 embies. That's great. Wishing you the best with this cycle.
ICLW

Allison said...

What a great fert report!! Go embies, go!! Thinking excellent thoughts for you, Jem.

R.J. said...

Wonderful report!! So glad to hear it.

Amy said...

Jem, I'm late stopping by your blog, but I'm so happy for your fert report!! Those are great numbers and it is great that you are not hyper-stimulated this time, that is so painful.

Stay zen!

mekate said...

Wow! So you transfer today or in a few days-- My fingers are crossed for you no matter what. 7! what an awesome number Jem, and no OHSS which will be better in every way.

Love that Dr. Ramirez commented here! How cool-

Hoping for you always,
warmly,
Kate