a the call from Mary Kathryn around 1:15 today and she assured me that everything I am experiencing is normal. She said the pain in the upper and lower stomach is normal, shortness of breath, stomach gurgling, constipation and spotting are also all normal. She said everything got pushed up in the procedure so I may feel a lot of pressure on my lungs and ribs. I am feeling a lot better today, however. I got up and walked around a lot and took a shower. She also said that out of the 18 eggs retrieved, 10 fertilized with ICSI! I am not really sure how to feel about these numbers yet. I am happy we still have 10 but I wish we had more to work with. I was a little pissed that they didn’t even try to fertilize them naturally since Josh worked hard for 3 months to improve numbers. I think I forgot to say yesterday that Josh’s numbers and motility looked great. I just have to trust that they are the experts and they will get us the best results.
This is what I know so far:
- On average, 8-12 eggs are retrieved on ER day.
- On average, 50% of eggs survive ICSI fertilization
- On Day 2 (tomorrow) we should expect the eggs to divide into 3-4 cells
- Once fertilized, eggs are know called embryos. At this stage some embryos many not show any development or fail to cleave known as cleavage failure. Some may have a slow rate of cleavage indicative of poor quality embryo. Sometimes embryo may divide initially but then stop dividing. This is called arresting.
- On average, 30% of embryos survive to blastocyst stage. The embryo typically divides into between 6-8 cells. A blastocyst is an embryo that has advanced to the five or 6-day stage; which means the embryo has divided many more times into many more cells over this period. Blastocysts have a very thin outer shell, this increases the odds of implantation in the uterus. Most of the blastocyst contains a fluid cavity and it is possible to see the cells which will become the baby and those which will make up the placenta.
So if this is all true and statistics serve us right then we will have 3 embryos left at the end of all of this. I am positive that we will have even more, however. My favorite number is 10, I was born on the 10th and Sunday I read a book that stated 10 was one of my lucky numbers. This isn’t the only reason I am feeling positive, I rarely believe in superstitions but I do know that positive thoughts=positive results. I posted a chart below that tells about success rates of IVF related to age and number of eggs. This clinic is located in Illinois but I am pretty sure it can be applied to the general population since it is based on 2,043 egg retrievals.
I got this chart from www.advancedfertility.com
It’s all very exciting!