Saturday, April 28, 2012

Day 2 Update

My embryology lab is awesome.  They called me at 9:30 in the morning to update me even though the little card they gave me says that today is an afternoon call.

Today the embryos should be between 2 and 4 cells.

This lab grades either good, fair, or poor.  Good has to be essentially perfect.  Fair is fine for now.

We have:

  • 5 - 4 cell embryos; 3 good, 2 fair
  • 1 - 3 cell embryo; fair
  • 2 - 2 cell embryos; fair
  • 1 - still hasn't divided; they'll keep watching it
So we'll be doing a Day 5 transfer!  I'm really excited and relieved.  

I also asked about the possibility of a Day 4 transfer if things don't progress well and she said she sees that in about 5 cases out of 600 per year.  So she's pretty confident we will transfer on Day 5.

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I know at least 4 bloggers that had their ET within a day of mine.  We are all getting different news at different times and while it's really nice to share this experience, it's also really difficult to compare your results with someone else.

Because of some disappointing results from other bloggers, I've been doing some research.

1) The overall success rate for IVF seems to be about 40% depending on where you look.  Some of the studies are a bit old, but I like being low conservative anyway.

2) 40% of the women who don't get pregnant during their first IVF get pregnant on their second, ostensibly because of the adjustment of protocols based on the initial response.

3) Number of embryos does correlate to the number available to freeze, but does not seem to have a high correlation with actual pregnancy rates.

4) Neither does day 3 or 5 transfer (according to an Oxford study from 2000 - not sure if things have changed).

So if you have an embryo, you have a chance.  It really only takes one.

I hope we can all get pregnant this cycle, but realistically, that will not happen.  Let's make sure that we continue to be extremely supportive in whichever manner each blogger wishes.

Hugs to everyone.  I hate the phrase "baby dust," but maybe I need to use it this once.


  1. I love all of the info you researched! =)

    Glad your little embryos are growing! Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Congratulations on how great your baby chicks are doing! I am happy you're getting to do a 5 day transfer! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Rocking embryo report! Grow babies grow! Good researching, too. I also found the average preg rate seemed to be around 40% conservatively, 50% if you are being optimistic. As much as I loath the saying, it does only take one. I hope everyone gets their "one" this cycle, and if not then, during the second. Those, dear, are very encouraging odds!

  4. Thanks for the research! I wish we all get pregnant this cycle too. Hopeful for you and your growing babies!!

  5. Awesome embie report! Can't wait for Tuesday :)

  6. I can't believe how many people are cycling around the same time. Every time I go to my blogroll I am filled with anticipation for all of you. Can't wait to hear how Tuesday goes, good luck with the transfer. You're almost there, I cant believe it!

  7. Sounds good, Chica! Congrats! I like the odds on research point number 3!

    And at least baby dust isn't as bad as "baby dancing." UGH!

  8. Congrats! Just a few more days!!! I hope you're feeling less nauseous and bloated today.

  9. That's a great embryo report! I wish my clinic gave more details - all I know is that they are all growing. Oh well. Thanks for all of the info/research! It's so easy to get discouraged when going through all this - it's important to keep your eyes on the prize!

    To add to your encouraging stats - I'll share my personal experience: IVF#1 resulted in 8 eggs retrieved, all mature, all given ICSI, only 3 fertilized, only two made it to 3 day transfer. We transferred both, and I did get pregnant, but it ended in a chemical. This time around, IVF#2 - the only change was to increase my dose of Follistim by 75IU per day, but this time we retrieved 20 eggs, 16 mature and given ICSI, and 14 fertilized! You just never know - there's trial and error involved, and your body reacts a little different each time.

    Also, at my clinic, only 15% of patients participating in the shared risk program get pregnant on the 1st cycle, but 60% do on the 2nd. The difference is amazing, isn't it?

    Anyway - just wanted to throw that in there because I know how down and discouraged I was with IVF#1, so I thought my experience might give some hope.

  10. Sounds like things are going good!

    Perusing your blog via ICLW (#86)

  11. This is a great report!! I'm so excited for you and your Day 5 transfer. Thanks for sharing all the research too. We're probably a week or two behind you guys so this really helps us prepare for what's up ahead! Wishing you all the best and can't wait to hear good news soon!

  12. Wonderful news :)) Thinking of you and your embies xoxo

  13. Glowing report! I'm so excited and hopeful for you. Hope the good news continues to roll in! :)

  14. First time reader here. So excited for you! I am starting my first IVF cycle mid May, so I am scouring the internet for IVF related blogs. Yours is going so great so far. Good luck, and cant wait to keep following you!

  15. Hi there! I'm new to your blog. Your embryo numbers sound great and I'm really hopeful for you. Good luck with the transfer!

  16. I hate baby dust too, but I'll throw you some anyway! I'm glad your little critters are growing so nicely and will continue to think good thoughts for you.