Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Retrieval and Fertilization Report

The retrieval was yesterday, so we went in so DH could give his sperm sample, and also I needed to get more Estrogen patches since the doctor increased my dose to 3 patches every 2 days.  He went his way to do his thing, and apparently the donor nurse told him that our donor was in the IVF suite and we could go see her if we wanted.  He seemed happy about this, since he had never met her at our other meeting, that had to be rescheduled twice.  So we went in and saw her in her gown and little funny cap, ready for the retrieval. He got to thank her in person, and we wished her well for the procedure.  She said she was feeling fine.  Her sister was also there with her, and the two of them were in pretty good spirits.  I guess they had stayed in town overnight at a hotel.  They said they were having a good summer.  They liked seeing Joseph again, and he was all smiles and coos for them.  I felt like I should have had some sort of gift or flowers or something, but it was so last minute, we didn't actually know we would see her that day, and also you probably can't take flowers into the procedure area anyway.  They have a "no fragrance" policy so that probably includes flowers. 

We never found out how it went until the next day (today) when the nurse phoned with the report.
Apparently they retrieved 17 eggs (yippee!), 10 of which were mature, and all 10 fertilized with ICSI.  We will go ahead with PGS on Day 5 and transfer on Day 6, which is August 3rd.  So pretty good news!  Hope the 10 embryos stay strong for the next week until transfer!


  1. YAY! good luck! I'll be sending good growing thoughts to your little, growing embryos!

    1. Thank you! I'm so excited and hopeful for these 10 little embies!

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    1. Thanks, Michaela! I am hoping for the best! It will be a long 2 weeks.

  3. Yay! Good luck!!

  4. Oh my goodness! I missed so many posts. Just catching up. Yay for 10 embies!