Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IVF: Fertilization Report

Yesterday was my egg retrieval! We had 9 eggs collected, which was excellent! But we had to wait until today, more than 24 hours later, to get our fertilization report.

After the egg retrieval yesterday, I didn't even think too much about how many might (or might not) fertilize. I really tried to do my best to spend the day resting and relaxing. This morning I tried to take it easy as well, but was able to get a few things done around the house. I want to make sure I don't over do it and I want my body to be very receptive to accepting an embryo for our transfer.

ICSI was part of our plan, due to low morphology. Most couples at our clinic do ICSI as well, even if it's just elective. So a single sperm is chosen and injected right into the mature egg! Usually there is about an 80% fertilization rate using ICSI.

Our clinic checks the eggs the day after fertilization and then lets us know how things look. I knew to expect the call today after 1pm. As time went on, I got more & more nervous! But thankfully, I didn't have any reason to be. Out of the 9 eggs retrieved, 8 were mature. Of those 8 mature eggs, 6 of them fertilized!! We have 6 embryos growing in the lab right now!

They told me they were very happy with that number! Usually, they want at least 50% of the eggs retrieved to be mature (90% of ours were mature), and of the mature eggs, they want at least 50% to fertilize (we had 75% fertilize). So they said we're ahead of the game! Definitely good to hear.

We are still scheduled for a 5 day transfer on Sunday. We get our next update on Friday to confirm the time of our embryo transfer. We are hoping and praying that our little embabies continue to grow!!

After I got the call, I called my husband to let him know things looked good! I didn't give him the details, other than that things were good and they were happy with how many we had. I left this cute little bowl with quail eggs (we raise quail) on the table, to let him know how many we had!

He thought it was such a cute way to tell him :)

I know that it's unlikely that all of our embryos will make it to day 5, but we would be ecstatic if they did. In reality though, all we need is one good one!

Poke Count
Arms: 9     Belly: 38     Ultrasounds: 5   Butt: 1

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