After waiting around again, I called the clinic at 2 pm, as our tentative transfer time was 5 pm and it takes me a while to get to the clinic from work (read: 1.5-2 hours). They consulted the embryologist, and perkily confirmed “yep, your transfer will be today.”
I was sad, and worried. It meant that from 19 embryos, we obviously didn’t have 6 that are high enough quality to consider pushing to day 5.
It was worse than that – ALL of them are middling to terrible quality.
We transferred two three-day embryos. You want them to have 6-10 cells, and fragmentation scores from 1-3 (scale 1-6, lower is better) We transferred back one 9-cell, with a fragmentation score of 3. One 7-cell, also a 3. All of our embryos had fragmentation scores of 3-5. Five of the eight IVF embryos were at 4 cell or smaller, and fragmented at 5. Shit, in essence.
The embryologist gave us odds of 25-50%. He didn’t sound confident. I asked about blasts, and he said they would keep culturing and decide on day 5, but again, he was pretty low-optimism about their chances.
Quality over quantity, my friends. We skewed the wrong way on this one. I’ve worried for ages my eggs are just shit, and this really does seem to confirm it. Also thank goodness we did ICSI, since the IVF embryos are in terrible shape.
Next steps are to wait around for two weeks being good to myself. After that, I really don’t, and can’t, know.