Saturday, February 11, 2012


Just got a call from St. B's with my fertilization results. 20 eggs were retrieved (I blame the drugs for mishearing this nurse) and 18 fertilized!!! That's 90% success as opposed to the 50% average fertilization.

Below is a good article about retrieval and the "ideal" number of eggs one should have for a successful, live birth. If you look at the chart, I fall into the "highest success" group as a woman under 35 with good eggs for embryos (Yay!).

IVF success rates by number of eggs and age

Egg quality for transfer is measured by your age, your ovarian reserve which is your overall egg quantity, your menstrual cycle (this includes length, spotting, and hormones), outcomes of previous IVF cycles, if applicable, and the results of the Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) aka Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Both refer to the procedures performed on embryos prior to implantation used to screen  for anatomical, physiological, and genetic conditions prior to transfer. In a nutshell, it ensures the strongest of the fertilized eggs is transferred during IVF. If you look it up, its really amazing all the things this process can discover about your future baby at such an early stage. It seems you can go a lot further in this process than determining the "health" of an embryo such as determining the baby's sex based on genetic diseases linked to sex and cancer predisposition,

The rest of the article is a little over my head, but in our case, DJ and I used just used PGS to screen for abnormalities that would influence the success of a live birth. Because of our age and current health, we were told this was all that was necessary since we didn't care if it was a boy or girl nor do we have a history of genetic diseases such as Huntington's or Tay-Sachs.

Currently my transfer is scheduled for Monday at 12:45, but I have to go in tomorrow to make sure all my plumbing is good and ready!


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