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Five
Nurse Ditzy just called. (I'm really starting to warm up to her, perhaps I should find her a more flattering nickname.) We have five embryos. That's way better than last time. She doesn't know the grades, but given that one of the two we had last time was pretty marginal, five is still a huge improvement.

We need to be at the clinic tomorrow at 9:40, transfer is scheduled for 10:40. Hopefully I won't threaten to kill anyone this time.

I hadn't mentioned before, but the plan this time around is to transfer three embryos. We did some thinking, and we consider that the risk of all three implanting was small enough that it was worth trying with three. If I were just a year or two older they'd recommend tranferring three anyway. This will of course increase the risk of my having twins. I've decided though, that given my otherwise good health that a twin pregnancy would be an acceptable level of risk. A healthy singleton is still the ideal, but given the relentless march of time and my desire to eventually have more than one child, twins are looking like not such a bad option. Really, though, the goal in transferring three is to increase the odds of getting pregnant at all.

Of course all this supposes that we still have five embryos tomorrow morning, which is by no means a given. I'm thinking cautiously optimistic thoughts about having the luxury to transfer three good looking embryos and still having leftovers to freeze for later. It could still go awry, but its a nice thought.

Current Mood: optimistic optimistic

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twe From: twe Date: February 28th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Twins

Woo, glad to hear this time is looking better. (Personally, I've always been a fan of twins. It just seems so much more efficient. ;)
mijven From: mijven Date: February 28th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Because potty training one at a time wasn't challenge enough?

More continued hoping on this end, five is a nice number.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: March 1st, 2007 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Twins

It might seem efficient, but having one baby to handle is plenty! Two, or even three is quite the undertaking! Plus you have to buy double of most everything since they need to use highchairs, strollers and cribs at the same time.
remcat From: remcat Date: February 28th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll be cautiously optimistic on your behalf!

Assuming all goes well tomorrow, when is your "test" date?
jdbakermn From: jdbakermn Date: February 28th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck tomorrow.
enugent From: enugent Date: February 28th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Five? Huzzah! Here's hoping your new insurance won't have to cover anything but your maternity care, and that it won't matter if you threaten the anesthesiologist because you won't be seeing him again (well, for at least a year) anyway.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: March 1st, 2007 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Five out of nine does seem better than two out of six (or seven, counting the 'fragment'), doesn't it?

It seems the embryologist's prediction of how many eggs she'll retrieve is more closely correlated with the number that become embryos than is the actual number of how many eggs she retrieved. She predicted 3-4 the first time and retrieved 6-7; she predicted 6-7 the second time and retrieved 9.

I'm now thinking that the mature eggs - the ones that come from the largest follicles, from which the embryologist made her predictions - have a much better chance of fertilization than the eggs from somewhat less mature follicles. By this theory, the reason she got double the predicted number of eggs the first time around was that she tried really hard and went for the borderline follicles, which was not necessary this time around.
merastra From: merastra Date: March 1st, 2007 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh. :-)

Crossing fingers for you all...
jaedian From: jaedian Date: March 1st, 2007 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I am glad to hear you got more embryos. It sounds like implanting three is the right thing. Especially since insurance will only cover trying a few times regardless of your age. And twins is certainly manageable, especially given your overall health. (or even triplets)

Good Luck!
enugent From: enugent Date: March 1st, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm really starting to warm up to her, perhaps I should find her a more flattering nickname.
Continuing the Star Wars theme, perhaps she can be C3P0? A little spacy, but generally good-hearted and on the side of good?
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