Category: Fertility Testing

Day 3/Day 5 Embryo Reports

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First, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂 We spent it with family that we normally don’t get to see often so that was really nice!

Now on to the reports and results……

After I waited ALL DAY for my fertilization report, I knew I had to call in the morning of Day 3 to see how my babies were doing. Remember, we are freezing all of our embryos this round before an FET attempt. My lining needs lots and lots of help….but first things first 🙂

Day 3 fertilization results:

3 embryos still growing…1: 6 cell, 1: 5 cell and 1: 4 cell

So…I’m happy they are still growing but still just slow…like my whole IVF cycle…slow growing embies…my RE said he would have rather seen them at all 8 cells by this time but we will check back in on them in 2 days and see what we have to freeze….

Day 5:

Ok….so I waited most of the day for the call. We were driving to meet my family so I was praying for good results..please please please….I told myself I’d be strong no matter what…here we go…

My RE himself calls with the results….I was nervous….he said…well, 2 stopped growing and 1 made it to the morula stage so we will freeze that one. Well, so I “guess” we have one?? I don’t know what it means that it’s only at the “morula”stage(I think one day behind blastocyst?) and how that is going to play into effect once it thaws?? My RE was very reassuring though(even though I feel like he had to be because…it’s the holidays and no one really wants to ruin your holiday…ya know?) He said..hopefully one day this embryo will become your baby. I like his positive response because he’s normally very reserved and on the safe side…don’t think he wants to get hopes up too high. I’ll take any positivity though at this point! Thanks Doc…I sure hope you are right!

Day 5 final report:

1-morula embryo vitrified

So all I can be is happy. One frozen embie. Happy that even though…and I’ll tell you all the truth right now..because I said I wouldn’t hold anything back….we spent a total of $22,000 on this cycle(including the hsg, Essure/hysteroscopy surgery, meds, etc) Our insurance doesn’t cover anything for infertility and we live in L.A. so everything is more expensive for some reason. I also stimmed on high amounts of meds for 17 days total….yes 17…no fun :(…..BUT………If  when we get our miracle baby, every single penny and more will be worth it….so I just pray. I pray that this morula embryo is strong and that my lining and womb can be a welcoming environment for it someday very soon.

So for now, I am just going to enjoy the holidays. My RE wants to see a natural cycle and how my lining responds without medicine. In Jan, we will decide if we will do the FET or if we will somehow be able to afford another IVF(credit cards??) or maybe a “Natural” IVF (apparently that is cheaper because you either have less meds or no meds at all)

And so we wait.

I’ll be thinking of you baby morula. Stay safe, stay healthy…and stay classy in your little cozy frozen bed 🙂

Fertilization Report

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So, the office said that they would call me in the morning with my fertilization report.

I was fortunate to be working super early at 6:45am this morning(yah…I never say that this early..by the way)…..so I was distracted and not thinking too much about it. As I kept checking my phone throughout the day though..no call…9am….10am..12pm…2pm…4pm… No missed call from the office…nada.

This must be bad. I knew it…..The nurses know me too well. They don’t want to ruin my day and are waiting for the last possible minute to let me know that none of my eggs naturally fertilized. I knew I should have done ICSI. I ALREADY paid for it…why didn’t I just follow through with it?!

I got off work early. 3pm. Since I know I’m not transferring this month because of my poor lining. I bust out my friends “Pinot” and “Grigio”. They’ve been through it all with me. Through thick and thin, I tell ya. The ups, the downs and ALL around. I knew that I needed to make that call to my office before 5pm. They close at 5pm and all calls go to an automated voicemail system…wouldn’t hear back from them until Mon.

So I make the call….sick to my stomach but enough Pinot Grigio in me to think…if I have to go through ALL this again…I’ll do it…whatever it takes. I had that mind-set.

One of the nurses answers the phone….my exact words…it’s **** *******. I’m a little anxious since I didn’t hear from you regarding my fertilization report this morning. Just wondering how it all went?

Nurse: “Oh, yah, I’ve been SO busy today I don’t even know…let me check”

In that 2 min I was on the phone I knew she would come back and say…”Sorry, none worked” “But we’ll see ya Monday for the follow up!”

I was REALLY hoping she wouldn’t say that…but couldn’t help my negative mind. Why wouldn’t they call me earlier if it was positive results??!

She gets back on the phone” Oh, honey, 3 out of the 5 are growing” “I just heard back from the Dr”

Ahhhh!!!!!….I am overwhelmed with gratitude…that 3 out of our 5 were “naturally” fertilized. No ICSI needed. Natural fertilization!

Now, I am praying for more growth. I am praying that all 3 of these babies grow enough to freeze. Please Lord, allow these little guys(and girls) to grow and become strong embryos.

And now, I still try to rest and heal. This retrieval took a toll on me. I went back to work today because I kept having to delay it due to the retrieval being pushed back day after day.

I have a follow up appt on Monday. From there we will know if any of them are strong enough to freeze.

I’m only allowing myself positive thoughts and prayers this weekend. And of course…a little more “Pinot” and “Grigio” 😉