Today, we made the decision to immediately PGS test our 2 recent embryos.
It was a gamble.
Unless this test returns 2 chromosomally normal embryos, the general consensus is we should do one last fresh cycle.
The end goal has always been 4 frozen, chromosomally normal embryos. 1 to risk with me, 2 for a gestational carrier, and 1 extra (just in case something doesn’t survive the thaw).
And let’s be honest, we’d like the chance of a baby boy in our future.
Statistically, we have 50% chance of getting 1 normal embryo. But we could get 2 bad ones, or 2 good ones.
It would of been cheaper to PGS test embryos from 2 IVF cycles that were batched, so this could backfire.
Today, we froze 2 additional blasts.
I attribute this outcome to the protocol change, the addition of PICSI, and just dumb luck.
Sure the embryos aren’t PGS tested yet, but this a significant win for us.
Am I a professional IVF-er?
I don’t know. But it’s true that IVF cycles are certainly old hat for me now. I see women embarking on their first IVF cycles, and I remember those times. I was very naive then.
And in 2014, I will have three cycles under my belt before the end of July This is the most I have ever completed in 1 year, let alone a 7 month period.
I guess you could say it’s go-time. We are full speed ahead, because we are gearing up to stop. I will not cycle in 2015.
My husband and I don’t discuss the details of our infertility journey with many people, however the handful that do know have complimented my tenacity and my sacrifice. So I guess there is that to say about being a professional IVF-er. I have demonstrated that I am tenacious and willing to sacrifice.
I will say this, 8IVFs (with 0 living babies) doesn’t feel like something to be proud of.