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post #21 of 35
I am not sure if this will help but here's my story....... the very short version.

I am 40 we started the infertility process over a year ago to no avail - nothing seemed to work. In Jan. 2008 I started experiencing hotflashes... and yes early menopause had begun. (All the while and continuing forward I went to an acupuncturist to help with blood flow). For the donor egg option the clinic we used allowed an option to share the retrieved eggs with 1-2 other reicpients. It cut down on the cost tremendously.

In Feb we started to discuss donor egg options.... on June 6 (day 3 of egg fertlization) 2 eggs were implanted in me. 2 remained for potential freezing options. By the following week - the un-implanted eggs were no longer viable.
19 weeks later (which is now) I am carrying two girls - due in Feb. 2009.

Best of luck to you - it was a difficult road for us - but it was worth it!!!

Grace
post #22 of 35
Thanks for the advice pinkfriend. It's really strange when we get to make all of these possibly life changing decisions about how many embroys to transfer and so on.....when people are lucky enough to have a baby naturally whatever happens happens....when you're left with a decision to make about how many possible children it's very strange huh?!

Lisa G, I appreciate your inut we have an appt with our RE on Wed and I'm going to ask these questions. He did not give us stats on 1ETvs.2ET, that is a quesiton we will ask. But the RE did tell me that he does 3 day transfers, do you know the pros and cons of this?
post #23 of 35
CurlySue - I did a brief look around with google and found a couple things that looked interesting regarding embryo vs. blastocyst transfer (Day 3 vs. Day 5):

Transcript from 3 Day vs. Blastocyst

Embryo, day three transfer versus Blastocyst

They don't agree, but I thought the information is interesting.

My experience at Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, considered to be the top IVF clinic or tied with Cornell for 1st place depending on what you read, is that they prefer a day 5 blastocyst transfer. When I was cycling the embryologist told me that when they check the embryos on Day 3, if a couple of them looked outstanding and the rest are ho hum, they would opt to do a Day 3 transfer. If on Day 3 the embryos were in a "tie" so to speak - as in several had the same number of cells and looked good, they would let them continue on until Day 5 so that they could better determine quality and select the best for transfer.

In my particular case, by Day 5 there were 8 embryos still chugging along (14 out of 20 eggs fertilized, we did not do ICSI). Out of the 8, only 1 was a blastocyst. The other 7 were morulas (pre-blastocyst). They did assisted hatching on 2 morulas and we transferred 1 blast and 2 morulas. The remaining 5 morulas were allowed to go another day and resulted in us having 5 blastocysts to freeze. The embryologist feels that I had so many morulas vs. blasts because my egg retrieval and fertilization was later in the day, so they were on track they just didn't have as many hours in as they would if they'd been fertilized in the morning.

I have heard that CCRMs Day 3 transfers compared to Day 5 transfers are almost as successful. From my brief reading of the links I mentioned it appears that the benefit of a Day 5 vs. Day 3 is that you've weeded out the ones that didn't make it past Day 3.

In our case, on Day 5 we had 7 embryos that were 6-8 cells and 7 embryos that were 4-5 cells. Assuming that the 7 went on to become part of the Day 5 crowd, we had 1 of the smaller celled ones catch up. I have heard, although I haven't researched it, that assisted hatching helps increase the success of embryos that aren't yet blastocysts when they're transferred. That's the protocol for CCRM so I would feel pretty confident that there's research to back it up.

Hope this helps!
post #24 of 35
Thread Starter 
Wow LisaG... Thanks for the info! You rock! Lots to think about
post #25 of 35
Thanks to everyone here for posting. It helps so very much to hear these stories when going through this. it helps keep away some of the negative thoughts/feelings/worries.
post #26 of 35
I know people quit replying to this thread, but I thought it would be important to keep going on this. We often think only of the negative with IVF, but there are many success stories!

I was wondering how many of you have had success with your first try?

There always seems to be someone saying something about m/c or chemical preg (which I don't even know what that means), or something not working with it...I'm one of the worst in looking for the negative to prepare myself...but it's good to know that there will/could be something glorious come out of these trials.

Realistically, I'd like to know what the chance is to have a successful IVF/ISCI on the first try. Can anyone help with this?
post #27 of 35
Thread Starter 
Hey Texas,

Great idea to keep this thread going! I think success depends on a number of things like what the issues were in the first place. We are dealing with male factor IF and I am young and healthy so we're hoping we are successful the first time around. Our RE said we have about a 40% chance of success which seems pretty good to me compared to the avg. success rate if you try naturally each month. I am also doing acupuncture to improve the chances of success. You should read up on the effects of acupuncture on IVf success rates and I would recommend doing it alongside the IVF to help your chances. The rest my friend, is up to the powers that be... I'm just gonna roll with the punches and trust that the best outcome will prevail.
Hope that helps!
post #28 of 35
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Originally Posted by TexasHopeful View Post
I know people quit replying to this thread, but I thought it would be important to keep going on this. We often think only of the negative with IVF, but there are many success stories!

I was wondering how many of you have had success with your first try?

There always seems to be someone saying something about m/c or chemical preg (which I don't even know what that means), or something not working with it...I'm one of the worst in looking for the negative to prepare myself...but it's good to know that there will/could be something glorious come out of these trials.

Realistically, I'd like to know what the chance is to have a successful IVF/ISCI on the first try. Can anyone help with this?
I was successful on the first try! I have a 17 month old trying to bite my toes as I type this. Our issue was with male factor and I was 23 and very healthy at the time of IVF. Best of luck to you!!!
post #29 of 35
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Originally Posted by TexasHopeful View Post
Realistically, I'd like to know what the chance is to have a successful IVF/ISCI on the first try. Can anyone help with this?
TexasHopeful,

Go check out your clinic's stats for your age group at the CDC website. Then ask your doctor how they'd modify that number, if at all. But it'll probably be somewhere between 25% and 40%.

Nationally, something like half of IVF cycles use ICSI (the CDC will have actual numbers, overall and for your clinic). It's just not exceptional at all.

My personal, perhaps somewhat glum opinion: I think that, going into IVF, you need to be prepared for the strong possibility of it not working the first time. For most couples, most of the time, you need to do 3 cycles to push the cumulative odds of getting pregnant well above 50%.

Also, you should be ready to change clinics after 2 failures -- or possibly 1, if there's anything you don't like about your experience. Knowledge and skill matter, and different clinics really are different.

My possibly encouraging, but possibly not, story: we were supposed to be a straightforward MF case. DH is missing tubing, and I had no known problems. ICSI mandatory, since we're using surgically extracted immature sperm.

After two failed cycles with crappy fertilization and crappy embryos at our local clinic when I was 33, we switched to Cornell. Massive improvements in egg quality with changed protocol, massive improvements in fertilization and embryo quality with their lab, and I got pregnant on cycle 3.

DD just turned 3 and is happy and healthy and beautiful and I get _angry_ at people who worry that ICSI causes freaks or something.

We went back to Cornell in January. At 37 I had become a full-fledged poor responder. Cycle 4 only got 3 mature eggs; failure. Cycle 5 was canceled. Cycle 6 we tried estrogen priming and got a great response. I'm currently 10w -- but I had a scary ultrasound at 7w, and there have been two low progesterone levels, one just yesterday, so I hope that things keep going.

I feel pregnant, my 9w ultrasound was normal, and there's been no spotting at all, so I'm trying to stay hopeful.

Sorry if I've been ranting; I know it's all so overwhelming at the beginning. I think my moral is that it can all turn out well even if you hit more bumps on the road from this point -- where the road already seems pretty rough.
post #30 of 35
Thanks so much for all of your inputs...please lets keep it coming. I think the general rates of success with our RE is between 30-60% (ARTS says 50%, RE said 60%) since I am 26 and healthy (for the most part) and since it is MF. I guess all we can do is keep positive thoughts, and as Pink put it before, leave it up to the powers that be.

Emma, I will keep you in my thoughts. Baby wishes!!! I hope all goes well.

Nummies - thank you for sharing! It is nice to know that it is possible to happen on the first try! Best of luck to you!
post #31 of 35
My RE said their clinic success rate is 55%. You have to be careful with stats...find out if the success rate is for achieving pregnancy or live births. They are different.

I had 1st child naturally at 28, no problems at all. TTC for 4 years for 2nd child. We have slight MF and PCOS. Will find out Tues if 1st cycle worked. Thanks for this thread, I too wanted to hear from folks who worked on the first try.

Keep posts coming.
post #32 of 35
First time NC(natural cycle) IVF/ICSI = beautiful healthy 3 yr old:
Second = pregnacy and early miscarriage
Third = Beautiful healthy 2 month old:
Hoping one day to say Fourth = beautiful healthy baby
post #33 of 35
Congrats on the new baby boy and thank you for sharing with us. This helps with all the doubts and anxieties (at least a little). Lets keep it going!
post #34 of 35
Proud momma of boy/girl twins from IVF/ICSI/DE/AH, and I am sure a few other things in there.

Basically DH's sperm counts were so low in numbers and quality and motility that there was no other way to get them to fertlize a egg, then to do ICSI.

My two are you typical drive momma up the wall 5 year olds now. ANd if you ask me they are very intellegent and out going children.
post #35 of 35
Thread Starter 
Thanks MollyD!
Keep those stories coming ladies! You have no idea how much they help!
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