There is a lot of waiting involved in fertility. This begins the waiting for IVF. The day after retrieval you get a call from the embryologist to tell you how many mature eggs you had and how many of those fertilized. I was a nervous wreck. This is the second huge hurdle and I hated feeling not in control of the outcome.
Right before retrieval there had been discussion of doing a freeze all instead of a fresh transfer because my progesterone level was borderline high. While this was a slight disappointment, I really wasn’t that upset about it. As long as we got those eggs out and to freezing stage I didn’t care as much when transfer happened, as long as it happened. We just needed to get those little eggs out before I have nothing left. And with only getting 8, it seems my time has been cut much shorter than I thought.
Low AMH/ovarian reserve doesn’t only speak to the quantity of eggs remaining. It can also speak to the quality of eggs left. That’s not to say everything you have is garbage, but it does mean they could potentially be not the greatest. I had been doing Ovisitol powder twice a day for 2 months or so before IVF to try to get the quality of those eggs as high as possible. I desperately wanted to know how many mature eggs I had and was so afraid I would have nothing good. Every stage of IVF was like another hurdle, each more nerve-wracking than the last. Ok, I got 15 follicles, and 8 eggs out of that. We were about to face another large jump, but how big of a jump would it be?
The next morning I finally had the information. Out of my 8 eggs there were 4 that were mature and 3 that fertilized. I knew it would be a significant jump, and having half of the total eggs be mature eggs is a good thing. But it is still shocking to hear we went from 8 to 3 overnight.
One more hurdle down, two big hurdles left. We’re already down to three. All that work and meds and praying and we’re already down to three on day 1 (retrieval counts as day 0). Would they make it to day 5? Would we have to do a day 3 transfer instead?