ONE SINGLE NORMAL EMBRYO
After a couple of weeks we got the call with the genetic test results. Out of the 5 embryos only one came back as normal. We were quite devastated. Out of 20 eggs and all that promises of us being great candidates we only managed to get one viable embryo to transfer. This was in the middle of December so we decided to take a break for a couple of cycles to be able to go on Christmas holidays without any shots, appointments and stress (the IVF process is quite tricky to fit in a busy schedule).
In February 2016 we finally transferred that only normal embryo. It was a girl and again we were told that this is probably it, we should become pregnant in this cycle. We didn’t really reflect on why only one of 20 eggs became a normal embryo at this time, as we were so focused on the transfer. I remember being quite stressed over work around the time of the transfer and also that I had to go to Kazan for a business trip for four days, where it was -20 degrees Celsius and freeeezing cold. Also, I had to go to some random clinic in Kazan every other day to get a bloodwork in order to check my progesterone and estradiol levels. The whole thing was quite stressful as I really wanted to increase my chances for success, yet I couldn’t tell anyone about what was going on and why I didn’t drink/went to the SPA/wanted to go to bed early/rented my own room at the hotel at my own expense/didn’t want to go for walks in -20 degrees. The doctor I had back then prescribed me up to 9 estradiol pills per day, which is A LOT I realize now having done a successful transfer. One side effect of 9 estradiol pills is that your vision starts to become very blurry, so it was quite hard to follow the slides on the conference, haha.
Back in Moscow and 15 days post transfer I went for my first Beta, which came back as negative. Luckily, I had taken that day off just to make sure I didn’t have to be at work if getting bad news. That day I bought myself a Kiini Bikini and had two glasses of wine during my solo lunch.
Even though this was a tough time, I was happy we did the genetic testing. Hadn’t we done the testing, I would have to do all of this for five cycles instead of one.