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Day 4-5 is interesting after an egg retrieval. They give you an update, and it could mean absolutely nothing. From day 4-6 everything can change for the better or the worst. For us, it was luckily for the better.

On day 6 the clinic called to tell us that they had biopsied and frozen 6 embryos, in addition to the one 4AA they inserted into my uterus. I jumped for frigging joy. 6 embryos out of 13 eggs retrieved is unheard of. There were others, too, but they didn’t meat the grading requirements to freeze. Every lab is a bit different on how they grade and what they believe it’s worth keeping. 6 was amazing. They biopsied them and mailed the samples off to Igenomix, a genetics lab that tests for chromosomal abnormalities.

PGT-A Chromosomal testing is helpful in some ways. The unfortunate thing is that most clinics make you decide whether to PGTA test before you even begin your cycle. There’s an increased cost to set this up, so if you don’t get embryos you’re out that money. In addition to this, for each embryo you send out, you pay a testing fee per embryo. At the time, ours was $550 per embryo, so an addition $3300 after our cycle. It’s not chump change.

PGT-A testing doesn’t find everything though. It tests for the most common genetic abnormalities, such as common trisomies. There other types of PGT tests too, but this is the most common. Skip the next section if you don’t care to read about the specifics…

<35 years old72%
35-37 years old62%
38-40 years old46%
41-42 years old30%

The 3 embryo rule
Many doctors will say it takes 3 Euploid tested embryos to achieve a 95% chance of pregnancy in most individuals. Many first transfers of PGTA-Normal embryos will result in a pregnancy. Those who take more than 3 transfers likely have other underlying issues at play which may or may not be evident.

Now that you’ve had a science lesson!

We sent out embryos off for testing and waited a painful two weeks over Christmas 2022 for our results.

In the meantime, I was still PUPO. They encourage you not to test at home during IVF due to a variety of factors. You go in for your beta bloodwork usually 9-14 days after your transfer, depending on the clinic. I went on day 9. I was feeling good until a few days before. We had a bunch of embryos and so much hope. I caved and tested at home.

Stark White.

I went for my betas on December 19, and the result came back as <1, which means you are not pregnant. Our first perfect little embryo (pictured in the last post) didn’t make it. I was sad. But I was still hopeful.

On December 26 I got a call and voicemail with my PGT-A results. Then logged into my portal – the portal is where they keep all of your communications, docs, med schedule and results. It’s like a beast of a database from the year 2000. I logged in and the embryologist had sent me SOMEONE ELSES RESULTS. I was super confused. Not to mention the concern I had that someone also got my results, and all of my personal information to boot.

I tried to reach the embryologist but as the clinic wasn’t open officially until Jan 3, I was left in the dark. The results in the voicemail differed from the results in my portal for the other couple. So I went with what was in the voicemail (which turned out to be correct).

13 Eggs Collected
13 Eggs Mature
13 Eggs Fertilized
7 Blasts (6 tested, 1 failed transfer)
We found out 2/6 were Euploid, 2 were Aneuploid and 2 were No Data.

I was pretty happy, considering we had been lucky with attrition at that time. 2 Euploids meant two more shots at this thing. and 2 No Data could be more hope!

I’ll fast forward to February, when we decided we’d retest the No Data embryos. We thought for sure one would be Euploid. Tragically, neither embryo survived the thaw. We lost 5/7 embryos in two months due to attrition, aneuploidy and failed implantation.

Our goal was one child, and we felt pretty damn positive about our two normal embryos and got to work on preparing for another embryo transfer.


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