Third time’s the charm!

We are in the midst of round #3 of IVF. New clinic and doctor, new protocol, lots of different things this time around!

We did our egg retrieval this past Wednesday, and they were able to get 13 eggs. Next step was fertilization…in which 7 of them fertilized. One of the things we’re doing differently this time around is waiting to freeze the embryo’s until they are (hopefully) 6 days old, not the 3 days we did last time. This gives them a chance to mature a bit more, and get past the blastocyst stage…

blastocyst_transfer

(the above picture shows a pretty accurate visual for the process). By waiting, we’re hopefully giving our little embryo babies a better chance to stick and make me a very pregnant lady! We got a call yesterday with our day 3 embryo report, and had one 12-cell, four 8-cell, one 5-cell, and one 4-cell embryo. Now we just wait and hope we don’t get a call until Tuesday morning, which is day 6 (if we get a call sooner, it means our embryos aren’t doing so well, and they need to freeze earlier than day 6).

Another thing we’re doing differently is freezing all the embryos so that I can take medication for a few weeks-a couple months to calm down my endometriosis. Then we’ll thaw the embryos and transfer them back into me, and hopefully end up with a sticky, lasting pregnancy! There really is nothing more in the world hubby and I want in life than to be parents, and we’re really hoping the third time’s the charm!

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