Ever since our retrieval of 27 eggs, I was a bit surprised to see things rapidly declining.
Our fertilization counts were:
- Day 1 – 13
- Day 2 – 12
- Day 3 – 11
- Day 4 – no update
- Day 5 – 2 blastocysts. 1 transferred. 1 discarded as low quality.
- Day 6 – 2 blastocysts frozen.
After a few days of phone tag, I finally caught up with our embryologist today to ask her a few questions. I was concerned that maybe my egg quality wasn’t great or maybe it was a sperm issue? Basically, I just wanted to know why we went from 13 fertilized to 3 embryos.
She explained that they expect your Day 3 numbers to decrease by half on Day 5. Ideally, we would have gone from 11 to 5-6. She said it’s too difficult to determine where the problem lies (might be a better question for the RE), but that it’s clear that ISCI is the best for us. All 3 of our strong embryos were from the ISCI group. I’m not upset that we chose to do half and half. I get that your first IVF cycle can be a bit of trial and error. In our case, there was no error. Although slightly below expected, our numbers still give us 3 chances at conceiving our babies. She reassured me that the one we transferred was very high quality, as are the two we froze.
In the end, I’ve realized higher numbers don’t matter. All that matters is quality. You could be left with 1 embryo. As long as it sticks, the IVF process was a success.
9 days til Beta… stick little bean, stick.