Deep breath. I have been so anxious all day. Thank goodness I finally got the call at 2:00. Here is your mathematical equation for today:
17 eggs retrieved - 5 (not mature) + 12 of 309.4 (million sperm / of which were 87% motile) =
11 growing embryos!!!
I am so happy right now. I can finally relax a little bit and enjoy the ride. The realization hit us last night, there is nothing more that we can do except take my shots and pills religiously and leave things in God's hands. The PIO (progesterone in oil) has been my biggest enemy. It isn't so bad going in or even during, but I am already bruised really bad and it is only going to get worse. I feel like I bump that spot so frequently, getting into the car, sitting down, pretty much anything that involves sitting. I got some good advice from a friend and IVF veteran on how to help with making it just a little bit easier including ice before and heat after.
I also have a little of it spew back out after we remove the needle, but the nurse told me that is normal. It is so funny because the Mr. thinks if it touches him he will grow breasts. LOL! I didn't help by egging him on that he is probably right.
Anyways, that is the update. Transfer will be a day 5 transfer on Saturday. I will get an update each day on how they are doing. Here is more basic information for your reading pleasure about what is going on with my embabies right now. From the Wisconsin Fertility Institute Website:
When a healthy embryo is created, it grows at a fairly predictable rate. The day after sperm and eggs are mixed, the embryo generally is a single cell; it then divides and grows to approximately 6-8 cells by day 3 following egg retrieval. The growth continues, and by day 4 there are dozens of cells in a ball, called a morula. By day 5, the best embryos are greater than 100 cells and have a fluid filled space within their structure; this is called a blastocyst. For some slower growing embryos, this stage is not reached until day 6 following egg retrieval.
That is all for now! Fingers crossed that they all keep growing!