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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

So...I have good news

and I have bad news. 

Good news: the egg retrieval yesterday went really well! They got TWENTY-FIVE eggs! How's that for some stimulation? I felt pretty good yesterday. We went for Indian food and then home to chillax on the couch. We were really excited. 

Bad news: the clinic called this morning. 

Guess how many of those 25 eggs fertilized? 

ZERO (zilch, nada, the big goose egg, ha ha ha). 

They said they had planned to do ICSI on half of the eggs. The ICSI process involves "stripping" the cumulus cells from around the egg so that they can orient the egg properly to inject the sperm. They stripped 14 of them and 13/14 were immature (they hadn't extruded a polar body, which would indicate they had gone through division and were ready to be fertilized). They injected a sperm into the 14th one, but today it was doing nothing. For the other 11 they were going to let the sperm & egg combine "naturally" (yeah, if there's one word for this process, it's definitely NATURAL). Of those, ZERO have fertilized as of today (and they should have already). They can only conclude that they were immature also. BUT - six of the "naturally" combining eggs look like "something" "may" be "going on" so they won't know for sure that the cycle is a complete and total fucking failure until tomorrow morning. So that means I get to do the PIO shot tonight anyway (such fun) in the ridiculous, delusional hope that they're just late bloomers. The doctor suggested that we either try again with less aggressive stimulation in the hopes that fewer eggs "get a little more time to mature" or use donor eggs (we won't go that route). I guess I'm supposed to call and make an appointment to discuss the results and a "plan" with my main RE (this was the one who was "on call" today). So, has anyone ever experienced something like this? Looks like it's time to consult Dr. Google. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer!!!


Lea said...

I don't have any experience with this, but I am SO sorry that it turned out this way. I will be sending positive thoughts about the remaining six. Hopefully they will surprise you.


twondra said...

Oh heart is absolutely breaking for you. You may or may not know, but I had 12 eggs and only 4 fertilized but failed to divide. So, although we're not completely in the same boat, I can kind of understand. We were told it was a possible genetic abnormality in the eggs so our best chance is donor.

If you want to talk, I'm here. I'm so sorry sweetie.

Sarah said...

You are NOT a Debbie downer! I'm so sorry things turned out so crappy. Heres to hopin for late bloomers...

Big hugs!

Sarah said...

What the f***?

Ugh!!! How dissappointing.

Well, I hope you get some suprisingly fantastic news in the morning.

But still... what the F***? Thats total bullshit, Im sorry.

Anonymous said...

Oh Amy, very sorry.
My ICSI experience was different - 6 fertilised embryos from 9 eggs, 2inserted but no success (the remaining 4 embryos were not of sufficient quality to freeze).
Fertility treatment is not easy at all...

Hope it is good news for you tomorrow after all.


'Murgdan' said...

Oh Amy...I'm so sorry. What's up with this non-fertilizing crap! Geez. First you. I'm getting pissed off at this situation. So so sorry. (hugs)

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JamieD said...

I don't have any experience with IVF so I can't offer any advice but I am sending you positive thoughts and hugs.

There just needs to be one, right?!?!

AmyC623 said...

Thank you for your comments, guys! Your words have really made me feel better!

Jamie - yes, it only takes one, but I don't have one. I have zero.