Since our loss in January we have tried to get pregnant for 8 cycles. 2 of those 8 cycles we actually had 2 follicles per cycle-so essentially we have had up to 10 eggs over the past 10 months fail. Those cycles, even with perfectly timed intercourse, great blood work showing that I am balanced enough to be making healthy eggs and a couple of IUI’s on the cycles where there were 2 mature follicles never yielded a pregnancy. Since we know it isn’t an issue with sperm, or my hormones it only leaves 3 things that could potentially be preventing us from conception:
1. Eggs that aren’t easily fertilizable
2. A fertilized embryo that can’t get its act together in order to implant into the uterus
3. A uterus that won’t let an otherwise healthy embryo implant in it
Going into this accidental IVF I was hoping to be able to cross some if not all of those 3 things off the list so that I didn’t spend each month staring at a negative pregnancy test wondering what in the hell is wrong with me.
Well today I can cross one off! They retrieved 10 mature eggs from me yesterday and to quote what the RE just told me over the phone… “it’s amazing, I have some incredible news for you on this Sunday afternoon-I can’t remember the last time I saw a fertilization rate of 90%.” I apparently have fabulously fertilize able eggs! Yep that’s right 9 out of 10 of those eggs are fertilized and are in the beginning stages of division as I type.
It is somewhat relieving to know that my eggs are very easily fertilized by the hubbies sperm, but on the other hand now I am left wondering-if this is what has been happening in my body since January, then is there something wrong with my uterus since our loss in January that is preventing a pregnancy? Since there is no way to tell if my uterus is defunct without a hysteroscopy, we have authorized assisted hatching to help the embryo’s that are transferred back on Tuesday have a better likely hood of implantation (this will hopefully rule out #2).
If in 13 days I am still not pregnant, we can safely assume there might actually be something wrong with my uterus and we will put trying to conceive on the back burner and immediately schedule a hysteroscopy for November so that we are 100% sure that there are no hidden issues that could make every future attempt at IVF a failure.
In the meantime, we will wait for a call tomorrow to tell us how well our 9 embryos are dividing and at what time on Tuesday afternoon the embryo transfer will take place.