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.
- 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.