So all my rambling, stressing and decision making the past few weeks just went out the window.
Well, we did decide. We decided to test, which would ultimately mean transferring only 1.
Then the embryologist emailed me the following:
I understand that you have questions about performing CCS on your frozen embryos. There are 5 blastocysts remaining from your cycle 10/08/13. These blastocysts were fertilized with a conventional insemination and cannot undergo CCS testing.
After a conventional insemination, even though only one sperm fertilizes the egg, there are thousands of other sperm which remain attached to the shell of the embryo throughout development. Because of the abundance of sperm still attached to your embryos, there is too great a risk of contamination during the CCS process; i.e. we may end up testing the DNA of the sperm rather than the DNA of the embryo.
Who knew?? I didn't. I guess I never had reason to ask before since we used donor eggs and thought we would be transferring them to me.
So thank you all for your support, advise and well wishes on this subject this past week. Now we're back to deciding between transferring 1 or 2 unknowns. Plenty of time for that decision. We still need to get through medical clearance for my gestational carrier.
Stay tuned...I'm sure I'll be stressing over something else soon enough.
Sometimes it's nice to somehow have an option taken out of the equation to make your choice a little bit easier to make ya know? Wishing you the best!ReplyDelete
Oh wow I had no idea. Wishing you luck on your decisions going forward.ReplyDelete
Wow! Just when you thought you had seen it all. It's a tough decision, but I know, you, hubby, and GC will do what's best!ReplyDelete
Welp, I learned something new today. I had never heard that only ICSI'ed embryos could be unfrozen and tested. At least it's one less decision to make now!ReplyDelete
I am glad that the decision was made for you. You can't regret it now. And, I like the idea that two are still an option :)ReplyDelete
Funny how life has its way of making decisions for you! Maybe it'll make the "1 or 2" decision clearer for you as well. You are in my thoughts!ReplyDelete
Interesting. I knew about the icsi only rule but always wondered why.ReplyDelete
Had no idea!! Are either or both of you carriers of anything? You might of already posted that info somewhere, I'm just curious...ReplyDelete
Interesting. I had no idea - too bad they didn't tell you before. Who knows, maybe the GC will make the 1-or-2 decision for you... Hang in there!ReplyDelete
It is amazing how many different details go into all of this! That is very interesting and hopefully helps a little maybe. Wishing you all the best in your next steps and/or next decision :)ReplyDelete
Who knew?!!! Glad that the decision was made for you :)ReplyDelete
ok, well, that's ok.
your embryos hold so much potential...
what is your gut telling you? what would be your hearts desire?
see what your GC says.
call and get financial specifics about eSET vs. FET of 2 embryos.
I am holding out hope for you. you have come so far...
Seriously!!! Dang. But good in a way I suppose. I'd lean toward going for 2.ReplyDelete
Oh wow. What a rollercoaster. And your last line made me lol!ReplyDelete
Oh bless your heart Suzanne! Well I take this as God giving you a sign. Now save that money for your baby moon! XoxoReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your story. I have been on my own journey for two years now and have loved reading your blog. Best of luck and fingers are cross for you!!ReplyDelete
*hugs* Such a tough decision. You're in my thoughts and prayers. I know you'll make the right decision, the decision that will lead you one step closer to being a mom.ReplyDelete
Wow, I leaned something new. My RE has commented that he thinks everyone will be moving toward higher ICSI rates. Ugh. I can relate to finally making the decision regarding CCS testing, and then having the option removed. I hope the next part of the decision process is easier, and we'll be here when the next freak out occurs :)ReplyDelete
Huh. Who knew that you couldn't do genetic testing on just any ol blastocyst. Here's to medical clearance for your gestational carrier going smoothly!!ReplyDelete
Just hoping so much that you don't encounter anymore obstacles. I want to see this transfer happen and know your miracle baby is on the way.ReplyDelete
Huh! That's interesting! I didn't know that CCRM uses different methods of fertilization and that there is one type used for CCS testing. So, it sounds like in order to do CCS, you need to make that decision beforehand, right?ReplyDelete
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