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post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 
Hi Everyone!

I'll be doing my first IVF cycle this Fall, and am trying to stay positive about having to do ICSI. The whole thing just seems so strange to me. I am kind of uncomfortable with someone in a lab picking out THE one sperm that will join up with my egg that will result in a baby! Please tell me that there are happy HEALTHY babies out there that were conceived using ICSI...Share your stories please!
post #2 of 35
Things my ICSI girl said to me today

"oops, on backworbs" (shirt)
"my gumpy girl, sit couch, have cuddle" (she didn't nap today)
"I wuv you, mama".

Maybe too cutesy, but ICSI worked for us. And yes, it's weird.

Good luck to you!!!!
post #3 of 35
My BFF has a beautiful, healthy 2-year-old via IVF/ICSI. I'm hoping for my own ICSI success story soon. Good luck to you!
post #4 of 35
i'm almost 26wks with an icsi baby boy. he is healthy and growing perfectly.

i thought the embryologist choosing the one sperm was weird too... but, i kept reminding myself that they are choosing the very best, top grade, A#1 sperm for the job... we had unexplained infertility, so the idea that this step in the conception process was being helped along was actually a relief for us. i am 'ok' with the fact that this baby's beginnings, all aspects of them, were assisted. if not, he would not be here right now.

also, before the retrieval, and during the days between retrieval and transfer, i had a better idea who this person was, the embryologist, who was playing such an 'intimate' role in the conception of our child. he was a really nice man, and if it will make you feel better about it, ask to meet your embryologist... talk to him/her, let them know how you are feeling, and maybe like ours, s/he will talk about the process from their pov... ours really cared about our success, and we really felt he had our and our child's best interest in mind.

the r.e. gets you to the retrieval, but the embryologist is doing some pretty incredible work behind the lab doors... they are the first caretaker's in our children's beginnings. i found my thoughts turning toward him so often in those days before our transfer, hoping he was feeling well, having a good day, able to do his work as best he could...

just some thoughts...
i hope your cycle goes really well
post #5 of 35
Friends of ours have a happy, healthy set of twins from IVF/ICSI. One boy and one girl.
post #6 of 35
My sweet ICSI baby is taking a nap looking adorable and peaceful.

In our case, we only had about 8 sperm to work with. So we know that my son is meant to be here. When you think about ICSI, it is kinda weird, but trust me, it is the best!!
post #7 of 35
Thread Starter 
Thank you all so much! I really really needed to hear some positive stories. I am soooo excited! I can't wait. :
post #8 of 35
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Originally Posted by soulshine View Post
i'm almost 26wks with an icsi baby boy. he is healthy and growing perfectly.

i thought the embryologist choosing the one sperm was weird too... but, i kept reminding myself that they are choosing the very best, top grade, A#1 sperm for the job... we had unexplained infertility, so the idea that this step in the conception process was being helped along was actually a relief for us. i am 'ok' with the fact that this baby's beginnings, all aspects of them, were assisted. if not, he would not be here right now.

also, before the retrieval, and during the days between retrieval and transfer, i had a better idea who this person was, the embryologist, who was playing such an 'intimate' role in the conception of our child. he was a really nice man, and if it will make you feel better about it, ask to meet your embryologist... talk to him/her, let them know how you are feeling, and maybe like ours, s/he will talk about the process from their pov... ours really cared about our success, and we really felt he had our and our child's best interest in mind.

the r.e. gets you to the retrieval, but the embryologist is doing some pretty incredible work behind the lab doors... they are the first caretaker's in our children's beginnings. i found my thoughts turning toward him so often in those days before our transfer, hoping he was feeling well, having a good day, able to do his work as best he could...

just some thoughts...
i hope your cycle goes really well
I agree with this. Our embryologist was so sweet. He watched over our son and was proud to do so. When he came through the door with our embies on transfer day, he said "Time to go back to mama." I cried. He obviously really watched over them and cared.
post #9 of 35
One of our IVF/ICSI babies is now four and one of the brightest kids ever. She constantly amazes and delights us.

Our other is now napping in my lap. She is a sweet, bright, incredibly healthy little thing who has brought more joy to all of our lives, big sister's included, than we ever thought possible.

Yes, one of our babes died, as you can see from my siggie, but I mention it because I simply can't talk about my children without acknowledging her. I want to assure you, though, I don't believe for a minute that her health problems (she had a severe heart condition that was incompatible with life) had anything to do with IVF/ICSI. I think it was simply the luck of the genetic draw and would have happened regardless of the circumstances of her conception. As a pp mentioned, the embyologist takes the healthiest, best looking sperm for ICSI, and then the best looking embies are transferred. Honestly, I think it gives you a better chance at a healthy babe just because abnormal components are "weeded out" early on, if that makes sense.

We still want a third babe and I would be willing to do it all over again. I can confidently say it was worth every minute of pain and heartache to bring these two amazing, perfect, healthy beings into our lives. :
post #10 of 35
thank you thank you thank you for these stories. we are about to start our IVF/ICSI cycle in October, and I am so grateful to hear these success stories. I'm so glad it has worked out for so many of you, and I hope it will work out for those of us about to embark on this journey.

I've heard ICSI babies develop a little slower because their parents never put them down! They are so extra loved and cherished that their parents never want to let them go. I think that's kind of sweet.
post #11 of 35
My good friend Korin/chiromama has the wonderful and amazing Ruby Violet thanks to ICSI.
post #12 of 35
Another delighted ICSI mama here. It does feel werid but for us it was the only way of having a bio child. DS is very bright and engaging, no issues at all. I was also very hesitant and freaked about the entire process but once I got involved, it seemed ok.

Good luck to you!

Dena
post #13 of 35
Proud Mom to our IVF/ICSI toddler. We did ICSI with IVF #2 because the RE found out with IVF #1 (which became a angel baby) my eggs have a hard shell. We met our embryologist as well and she was so sweet. I did not realize we did ICSI until after the fertilization. (We discussed it with the RE as a possible) We signed a consent for additional procedures as needed and good thing we did it worked!

Good luck to you!
post #14 of 35
Another proud mama here to an ICSI toddler DD. She is wonderful, perfect, more than anything we dreamed of!:::

Yes, ICSI is weird. IVF is weird. It's just so damn bizarre. But I'm suffused with gratitude on a regular basis for it. We are MF after cancer, and would never, never be able to have a baby w/o this procedure. I'm tearing up just typing this.
post #15 of 35
Thread Starter 
Hey Mama2...we have MF due to cancer too! What would people like us have done without IVF? Thank goodness
post #16 of 35
Thanks for posting this question. It's been tugging in the back of my mind forever, since we probably have IVF in our future, but I never knew how to articulate it. I kept thinking about the whole "natural selection", "survival of the fittest" thing. I never considered there were grades of sperm that could be plainly seen. Anyone know more about that?
post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by jazcat View Post
Thanks for posting this question. It's been tugging in the back of my mind forever, since we probably have IVF in our future, but I never knew how to articulate it. I kept thinking about the whole "natural selection", "survival of the fittest" thing. I never considered there were grades of sperm that could be plainly seen. Anyone know more about that?
In our case, it is very plain. Of about 50 million or so, my husband had 8 sperm. 8. That's it. We had to not use two of my 10 eggs because we didn't have enough sperm to fertilize them. So for us, it was plain to see the "best" sperm. We have a problem with sperm morphology (the way that they are shaped). Good luck to you! ICSI and IVF are miracles. I would not be a mother (to my husband's child) without it.
post #18 of 35

First IVF/ICSI cycle

Hi Everyone-

This is my first post on any site, so glad to find a site like this. I am 27 and my DH is 30, we've been TTC for 15 months. I have slight endometriosis and DH has low sperm count, poor morphology, low motility, and small varicocele (uruologist decided not to repair surgically as it was thought it would not benefit). So far we have TTC naturally as our families kept on telling us that no one in the family has ever had a problem getting pregnant and that I must be "trying too hard". DH's family is old school from Italy and they refuse to believe the doctors that there is anything wrong with his seed. We went to a RE in Feb of 08 at my PCP's suggestion.

Last month we tried a clomid IUI cycle, very low sperm count that day.... No surprise.....neg PT. Due to DH factor our RE suggested that IUI was wasting time and money. So here we are starting IVF/ICSI. I am being supressed for one month by using birth control starting tomorrow, and then we start multiple daily injections. I feel okay about this with the exception of the progesterone oil injections. Very nervous about DH giving IM injections!!!

I am so glad to see that there are many success stories with IVF/ICSI, and that there are many happy healthy babies that have resulted from this amazing procedure. I am so grateful that there is an option for my husband and I and I am hoping for the best. Thanks to all for sharing your stories, I do not have any friends that are going through infertility (only friends who seem to get pregnant on their first try!!!) and it is nice to hear other stories and have an opportunity to talk about my situation with out people feeling pity.

We are meeting on Oct 8th wtih our RE for a consult. Previously our RE had stated that he would only transfer one embryo as the issue is with DH. I wanted to hear people's opinion on this as it seems like a lot of emotional, physical, and financial stress to only transfer one embryo! I am attending a clinic that is well known and well respected but I've never heard of an RE only transferring one. Does anyone have an experience with this or an opinion on this? I look forward to hearing all of your updates and I will keep you posted on our situation.
post #19 of 35
Thread Starter 
Hi Curly Sue,
I have heard of many RE's (at least in my area) only transferring one embryo if the women is young and healthy. You have pretty good odds of getting a BFP if you are only 27 years old and in good 'condition'. I am 30 and healthy, so we'll only be transferring one. If it doesn't work the first time, we might consider two for the next. Hope that helps.
post #20 of 35
Curly Sue - did your RE give you stats in terms of what your odds are for getting pregnant with a single ET vs. odds for twins with transferring 2? That information would help me make my decision. I'd also want to know:
1. is he planning to do a Day 3 transfer or a Day 5 transfer (some clinics do Day 3 across the board, others play it by ear and prefer to do a Day 5 if the embryos look good on Day 3)

2. what are the quality of the blastocysts on the day of transfer

3. do you have any left to freeze?

If it were me, I'd be inclined to transfer 2 vs. 1 if:
it was a Day 3 transfer
embryo quality wasn't great
we weren't going to have any blastocysts to freeze for back up
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