Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fertilization report

Do you find yourself going through all the possible outcomes in an IVF cycle and telling yourself what the best result would be, what would be a good result, and what would be a respectable result.  And of course, the result below which you will not be happy.  Followed closely by shaking your head and saying to yourself "I can't hope for anything, I will be happy with whatever I get."


So, for example, on being told that you have X follicles, you might go into egg retrieval secretly hoping for X-2 eggs, although telling yourself that X-4 would still be just great, but anything above X-6 is fine, fine, fine.  And knowing that if it's X-10 or lower, you'll be pissed. And then feeling bad that some people don't have anywhere near that number of follicles, so anything above 1 should be considered to be a blessing.

I dunno, maybe it's just me.  But, after hearing the news that I had 9 eggs yesterday, I admit that I started thinking that the best that I could possibly hope for in my wildest dreams would be 7 embryos.  But 5 would be more normal for me.  And I've had 3 out of 9 before, so anything equal to or above 3 would be OK.   I try not to do this to myself.  And you would think that this cycle, when I'm actually at peace with whatever the outcome is, that I would definitely NOT do it.  But I still do/did.  I still run through all the possible scenarios, mentally torturing myself.

The RE just called.  I got my wildest dream for this many eggs, people!  7 out of 9 were mature, and all 7 fertilized normally!!  I have 7 embryos!  Hallelujah!  This is now equal to my previous best cycle, where I got 7 embryos out of 14 eggs retrieved (out of 20 follicles).  So to get 7 embryos out of 9 eggs retrieved (out of 16 follicles) is grrrreat news, as Tony the Tiger would say.  Yay!!

18 comments:

DC said...

This is AWESOME news!!! I am keeping my fingers crossed that they continue to divide and grow. :)

bleu said...

(with best accent possible)
I am so chuffed for ya.

Cindy said...

Awesome!!! I am so glad that so many of them are doing well!

katty said...

Yay!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news Sarah!! And all thanks to Bacardi obviously........ All the best for the rest!!
Ixx

calliope said...

woo hooo!!!
You better be at the slot machines RIGHT NOW!

Almamay said...

Sarah,

I'm so pleased for you. Thinking so much about you and your embies. x

Aimee & Hannah said...

Yippee Yahoo!!! I do believe 7 is your lucky # too!!! :o)

Heather said...

YAY!!! I have REALLY high hopes for this cycle!

Katkun said...

That's wonderful! Wishing for *wonderful* results from the chromosomal analysis.

Kat

Tricia said...

7 is just Wonderful. Now for the CGH....go for gold!
Wow. I'm so excited for you!!
xxx

Deb said...

Woohoo! Hope that the next step also meets your wildest dreams!

Anonymous said...

Wooo hoooo! And I'm thinkin' it's the wine and caffine this cycle!
You go girl...
XO
-Margie

Sam said...

Congrats! That is great news!!!

tobacco brunette said...

Wow...great numbers. Congratulations!

Meg said...

Awesome! I hope the next report is just as wonderful!

Gabby said...

That is so awesome and bodes really well for having some healthy eggs in the bunch!

Amy said...

Congratulations!!! I really hope you have a few GREAT quality one's in there!!!

I'm on IVF #6 and I'm doing the numbers game too. After trying to hard with IVF you definitely learn NOT to get your hopes up but isn't it hard when you hit a mile stone like this? (meaning you get better results then you've EVER had?)