So...the question remains:
CCS testing on my already frozen 5 embryos (3AA, 3AB, 3BA, 3BA, 2/3)
Why am I revisiting this?
Because now we're looking at at using a gestational carrier and I want to know that we're taking every precaution and make sure that after everything we've gone through...we're giving ourselves the best possible chance.
- We only have 5 and they have not been CCS tested
- We don't know if our GC is comfortable with transferring two, that's still up in the air
I heard from CCRM. OF COURSE, they have their own spin to everything. So I want to share what I was told by Dr. G, and then ask yet again, for your thoughts. Because honestly, it's pretty tough.
Dr. Gustofon's own words:
"Because of cost, most couples using a GC opt to transfer two."
I really do understand this. Transferring only one, means we will most likely only have one child. Ever.
"However...IF we choose to CCS test our embryos (at the cost of $7000), risks are about 2% for loss of the embryos. They do this fairly frequently and it has been very safe and effective. But still...there is that chance. "
Am I risking my embryos by considering this?
Not only that..."the caveat with CCS testing of donor eggs is that we can only transfer ONE embryo per transfer into me OR a gestational carrier. There is never the option of transferring two because the risk of twins then increases to >60%. Without screening, we have the option of transferring 2."
My ultimate goal is a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. CCS testing and transferring one is obviously more in line with achieving that goal. The icing on the cake would be twins and our family would be complete.
But would we not be complete with just one? Maybe we would be.
I read about all the lovely women that have carried twins and had healthy pregnancies and babies. But there are others, many that we all know, that have had heart wrenching difficulties.
I also have had a lot of stress with the constant talk of "what happens if there are genetic abnormalities in the pregnancy and you and your GC have to agree with who makes those decisions?" Typically the IP's make those decisions but that has to be agreed upon and it's a hard thing to discuss or even think about. If I screen my embryos I take a lot of that risk away, which takes away the worry for that, because trust me, that thought is very difficult for me. I don't want to be in that position and I don't want my GC in that position.
So what would you do? If this was it for you? One shot? Transfer two that have not been tested? Transfer one that has?