We had our regroup this morning. Basically, it wasn't anything new. A pretty quick phone call which confirmed what we already figured.
He was expecting to retrieve 7 eggs. We got 7 eggs. 6 were mature. 4 fertilized. Since we froze the embryos at the one-cell stage, we don't have any information on the quality. But visually, they appeared to be fine. Since we got the response we expected, no need to tweak my protocol. Estrogen priming protocol again.
Many of you have asked about this. Why did we have to make the banking decision so early? Why couldn't we let the embryos grow to day 3 or day 5 to see what we had before making a decision? It has to do with the freezing. CCRM has got this down to a science. They've tried freezing at all different stages and found that the survival rate is best when the freeze earlier. The risk of loss to the embryos from freezing is 1-2% which is very low.
Did you learn nothing, my friend?
At one point, Dr. S said "after this next cycle, you can decide if you'd like to transfer or cycle again to add to the bank of embryos. I'd like to have at least 10 embryos to work with." I think I saw smoke coming from A's ears. He was livid at our ODWU when Dr. S brought up coming back for a second cycle before we even started the first. And the doc did it again. Hubby does not like looking ahead like that. But honestly, A's right. This is it, Dr. S. We got nothin' for ya after this next cycle.
I almost f*cked up. Bad. And my hubby was pretty pissed at me. The day after our retrieval the embryologist called to give us our fertilization report and find out if wanted to bank/freeze our embies. Hubby and I discussed it. We agreed to bank. I dropped hubby off at the house and went to Target to get a thank you card for my bestie that we stayed with in Denver. As I was driving, I started freaking out about the money (that we don't have) and felt like we made the wrong decision. I called the clinic and asked if it was too late to change our minds. She said "yes, I documented our call and froze them immediately. You'll have to stick with your original decision." I wasn't upset which should've been an indicator that we made the right decision initially.
When I got back to the house, hubby accosted me in the hallway and took my phone. He looked at the call log and said "why did you call CCRM at 11:15AM? What did you do?" I told him what I tried to do and he was really pissed at me. "Really" he said "you would make a decision like that without discussing it with me first. Especially after we already decided together". He was right. I was totally in the wrong.
But seriously...how the heck does that man know me so well? That's crazy that he knew I'd do that. Anyway, this is a long-winded way of saying thanks for those of you that understand and validated our decision to bank.
This study really help me feel like we made the right decision as well.
The gist: Only 16% of the patients that didn't bank embryos (that had less than 10) made it to transfer. As opposed to 42% of the other group who did the banking.
Dr. S wants me to taking all of my poor responder supplements as soon as possible. Not sure if I've posted that here before. But a few of you have asked what I'm taking.
Here's the list.
Myo Inositol 2gm (2x daily)
Melatonin 3mg (at bedtime)
Co Enzyme Q10 400mg (2x daily)
Omega 3 fatty acid 1000mg (1x daily)
Vitamin C 500mg (1x daily in am)
Vitamin E 200IU (1x daily)
L-Arginine 1000mg (2x daily)
Pycnogenol 100mg (1x daily)
No matter how you slice it, I have at least 3 more cycles before I could potentially do a FET. I haven't done my beta integrin 3 test which is an endometrial biopsy performed after you ovulate. It has to be done before I proceed to transfer to make sure I have the protein that can be missing with some endo patients. My question for the doc was regarding his recommendation on the order of things. Should I jump right into another stim cycle? Then do the test cycle. Then transfer. Or take a month off from stimming and get my beta test out of the way first.
He said there is a recent Cornell report that shows some women's receptors can get overloaded from IVF. He said "if you respond well, you're probably going to respond well whether you wait or proceed." But since I'm a poor responder, I could benefit from taking a cycle off and giving my body a little break. Done. I'll take whatever advantage I can get.