The Dirty Dozen.

April 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Posted in IVF #5: This is IT. | 11 Comments

(Forgive the title, it’s the wittiest I can come up with on short notice.)

They got 12 eggs at the retrieval.

Which, if you recall, is merely one more than the number of eggs we got with O’s cycle.

I feel like someone went into my vajayjay with a needle or something.

But it’s not too bad – I’ve only taken tylenol this far.

Not bad, not bad at all.



Transfer will be some time on Monday. Day three.

J and I have decided to go along with our doctor’s recommendation and transfer two embryos.

There are lots of reasons we’re going to do this.

Because this is what we did on the cycle where we got pregnant with O.

Because my risk of miscarriage is depressingly high given my age and uterus shape.

Because this is our last cycle and we want to feel confident that we did everything we could to maximize our chances of getting pregnant.

Because my doctor recommends it.

If you believe the statistics my doctor has told us, this gives us a nearly 50% chance of a positive pregnancy test and a 15% chance of getting pregnant with twins.

I can’t say that last statistic isn’t sobering for me. 15% isn’t zero.

We’ll just have to cross that bridge if we get to it, that’s all.



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  1. Good luck!

  2. Wow, great retrieval. I hope that over the weekend you’ll post your fert rate.

    I hope things continue to progress as well as your retrieval did!

  3. Good job! That is an awesome amount of eggs! Praying you have 100% fertilization!

  4. You are a superstar for posting after a retrieval- I’m glad you are feeling ok. Hope you are slugging back the Gatorade. 🙂

    I think the double transfer makes sense. And if it is any consolation, we always transferred two, and they were always superstar embryos according to my fertility specialist, and we’ve ended up with one sticky one. I really think your body will do the right thing for it.

    HUGS. Will be checking in on Monday to see how it all went.

  5. I transfered 2 embys and got just one–so it can happen. It will happen. 🙂 Wishing you all the best luck in the whole wide world.

  6. 12 woohoo that’s fantastic 🙂 good luck for the transfer 🙂

  7. I think this all sounds wonderful. I think it sounds like you made the right decisions for you for today. And I think that you sound okay with it all too, as much as all of this is hard.

    And how wonderful that you don’t have a high retrival number putting you at risk for OHSS again.

    Hangin’ in there with you-

  8. Sounds like wonderful news all around. I have a good feeling (although I have one every time, so you can ignore that if you wish). Fifty percent chance of pregnancy sounds awesome. And is that 15% taking into account your higher likelihood of miscarriage? It’s funny, as a twin myself I dread having twins – too many horror stories from my mom. But I’d rather have twins than no child.
    Fingers crossed for you!
    (and for horrible titles, you can look at my post from today)

  9. I’m so happy about the 12! Should be just enough to pick and choose which embryos to put back, but not an excessive number. Speaking of which, after thinking about it some more, I’m pretty sure I’d put back two also, if I were you. Glad you and J were able to come to an agreement on what to do. That’s not an easy decision to make.

  10. Good luck dear. Enjoy your Easter weekend

  11. Oh, Serenity… 🙂

    I wrote a very similar post before my transfer that brought us the girls…

    Honestly, I’d love to see you have twins. We need more honest and insightful twin moms in the blogsphere. 😉

    *big hugs* *sticky thoughts*

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