Monday, August 30, 2010

Embryo Transfer

We are back from the ET & all went well. When we got there, they walked us back to the IVF lab where we met with our RE. He went over our embryo status with us & we had 2 8-cell grade A & 2 8-cell grade B embryos.

Grade A: embryos that have round and symmetrical cells, look "textbook" perfect in every way and give high pregnancy rates when transferred.
Grade B: embryos have a small amount of cell fragmentation, but otherwise look relatively normal. A small amount of fragmentation is normal however, and can be expected in most human embryos.

He shared with us the guidelines of how many embryos he transfers in someone my age, the fact that we only had 4 eggs fertilized as well as the success rates. After much discussion, we decided to go ahead & transfer 3 embryos & will hope for the best.

The procedure was similar to having a PAP. They have you lay down & put your legs in the stirrups & then insert the speculum. In the meantime they are looking at your uterus on abdominal US the entire time. The embryologist went to get our embies from the lab & delivered them to our RE in a long catheter. The RE inserted the catheter into my uterus & we watched on the US as he injected our embies. They then took the catheter back to the lab to make sure all the embies had been injected & they had. That was it - easy peasy & took less than 10 min! They then transferred me back to the stretcher & moved me to a room where I laid for 30 min. Then I was able to get up & head home.

We are going to see how our 4th embryo develops & the Embryologist will decide on Wed whether or not it will make it to freeze. We are saying many prayers & crossing our fingers that at least one of these embies stick! Beta is scheduled to be drawn on Sept 10!

*sigh* It's going to be a LONG 11 days!


Dandle Dreams said...

Welcome home little embies! Make yourself comfortable because you're going to be here for the long haul.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I am sending you sticky vibes.

Desiree said...

Sitting on pins and needles til the 10th!