IVF1.0 Update #9 – Egg Retrieval and Fertilization Report
We are done with egg retrieval and I got a call from my doctor a couple hours ago with the fertilization report! We have 10 embryos!!! He had told us right after the retrieval that he got 18 eggs but that he believes only 12 are mature. I was telling DH about the whole process since he doesn’t know as much as I do, that 10 embryos would be an amazing number. And I was exactly right!!
Taking a step back — retrieval was yesterday 9AM as I mentioned in my previous post. We got there a little after 8:30AM. DH was escorted back a minute after we sat down in the waiting area. I was escorted in about a minute after that. I changed into a hospital gown, lied down on the table. Two nurses came in and connected me to an IV and saline. Since I hadn’t eaten anything since 8PM the night before and didn’t have a drink since 5:30AM that morning, nurse said it was for dehydration. DH joined me a little after that.
They explained that I will be given some medication (through the IV) that will make me a little sleepy and dopey. I will be conscious throughout the retrieval. And then doctor will give me some pain medication so that I won’t feel much of the pain. I remember Dr. Nice coming in, telling us that we’ll know egg count before we leave and then telling me he’s going to give me meds.
Next thing I remember is the doctor telling me I did well and that he’s going to give me something to reverse the meds so I’m not too drowsy.
They all left the room so that I could rest a little bit. I asked DH if Dr. Nice was explaining things to him as he went along and DH said ‘No, he was talking to you the entire time’. I don’t remember anything. He said Dr. Nice asked me if I was okay and I replied and so forth. I don’t remember a thing!
We left home at 8AM and I was back home by 10:30AM. The clinic is about 20-25 minutes away so we were really there for only an hour and half. I had some oatmeal, went to sleep. When I woke up, I really wanted some in-n-out. I had cut fast food and most gluten products out of my diet for the last 4 weeks or so and I was dying for my favorite comfort food! DH obliged so we had that for lunch and then chicken porridge for dinner.
Some things to expect after retrieval and what I did:
- Drowsy – I was very drowsy right afterwards. I slept in the car ride home and after eating, went right back to sleep. Slept for a few hours. Was in bed all day watching Sherlock on Netflix. Expect to be very tired.
- Cramps – It felt like very severe menstrual cramps. Extra strength Tylenol was recommended so that helped me sleep but it didn’t last for more than a few hours. I used an electric heating pad. Instructions from the office said not to use an electric one but nurse said it was okay as long as it has a timer. I guess they’re worried we’ll sleep with it on and burn ourselves. If you don’t have one, I suggest highly you go buy one. It was my life savior. Felt so much better with some warmth.
- Bloating – I started to bloat a few days before the retrieval. That didn’t go away even though the eggs were out. Post-retrieval instructions say that the follicles tend to fill up fast so that must be it. Bloating with cramping was the hardest part. I drank a lot of water and coconut water. I had to go to the bathroom 4 times during the night and as instructed, drank more water before I went back to sleep. Bloating’s mostly gone today.
- Gas – For some reason, I become very gassy. Even after going to the bathroom. And (maybe TMI but) releasing the gas was harder than usual too. It didn’t smell so I know it wasn’t because I was constipated. I’m better today.
.Dr. Nice told me to expect the transfer date to be Saturday which is day 3. I’ll know tomorrow exact time. And then they’ll let me know Saturday morning if we’ll keep the Saturday transfer or push it out to Monday. I’m so hoping for Monday although there are studies out there that show there is no significant difference in pregnancy rate with day 3 or 5 transfer.
Oh, and Dr.N also told me while we have 10 fertilized, we did have another one that fertilized with two sperms! At first identical twins ran through my head but he says that’s abnormal and we wouldn’t be able to use that embryo. According to here that’s called polyspermy and it happens 10% of the time. 11 fertilized and 1 was polyspermy so it is right on with the stats. I told DH and he says ‘so I had super sperm?’ I think he’s relieved that for the second time, his sperm was normal.
I’m praying that our 10 grows well in the petri dishes. I know statistically not all will make it to day 3 let alone day 5 but hopefully a lot will make it so that we can pick the best ONE to transfer and freeze one or two.
I know a few ladies who had their retrieval the last few days. I have them all in my prayers and that we will be provided with what is best for each and every one of us. Tonight I’ll sleep with ten embryos deep in my thoughts and heart.