IVF Round 2 – Embryo Transfer!
“Come today for transfer at 11:30am, but arrive about fifteen minutes before so you can get you settled into your room and ready for the procedure.”
Wowzers…so exciting. This is it. And we were blessed with more good news about our embryos. We confirmed with the clinic on the phone that we would transfer one embryo rather than two, and it was a top quality Grade A embie!! 😊 amazing news. They said that when we arrived at the clinic we would discuss the other embies but that we definitely had at least two out of the other four to freeze. Another best possible scenario – we couldn’t have asked for better.
We arrived and we both got dressed into our gear (check us out).
We waited on the embryologist and our consultant to come in and discuss everything with us. I was curious to know how many cells our embryo that we were transferring had, as I knew it was supposed to have around 70-100 cells on day five transfer. They told us that it had that many, they couldn’t count. That it was the perfect little embryo. And that they couldn’t have asked for better. They confirmed that we were definitely going to be able to freeze three more – one of which was another Grade A and the other two were both Grade B. Music to our ears as last time we had none to freeze. Our fifth little embie was slightly behind the others so they said they would leave it in the incubator until the next day (day six) and check it to see how it was progressing (turns out at day six it was only Grade D and we didn’t get to freeze it as they only freeze Grade C and above).
Then came the emotions. We got to watch our little embie (that we were having transferred) grow into what it looked like now at day five. I was emotional wreck. I couldn’t stop crying. What amazing technology. It was so special watching that. This is one of the big differences between private and NHS. Our clinic has time lapse imaging, which is non-evasive and means the embryos are not disturbed until transfer and they are monitored round the clock, 24/7. Whereas with NHS, everytime they check them, they take them out of the incubator so they are constantly being disturbed.
After that they took us down for the procedure which is done without pain relief. First they do an ultrasound of your tummy to check where your womb is and at this stage my ovaries were still very swollen from the Stims which made things a little more difficult. They then insert a speculum and use the ultrasound as a guide to position everything correctly. My ovaries being so swollen meant that my bladder felt fuller than it actually was, meaning it was a little trickier to get to my womb. Also my womb was tilted so during the procedure my consultant had to try and straighten my womb so that he could position everything just right for the transfer. I ain’t gonna lie … this hurt! BAD! But he wanted to make sure it was done perfectly. Once he had everything in position, the embryologist gave him our embryo in a really tiny catheter and used that to transfer it into my uterus. We could see him doing this on the ultrasound. It was amazing. We watched as we could see him transfer it and it sat really nice and high in my womb which he said was really good. He told us that at this stage, our embie was the size of a full stop.
After the transfer he said he was so happy and that it went perfect. All I needed to do not was rest up and take my mind off the wait. The nurse gave us a list of things we can’t do and told us to think pregnant positive thoughts, because we are pregnant.
And that’s pretty much where we are at now. Tomorrow we go to the clinic in the morning for our bloods to confirm if I am still pregnant. Literally everything is crossed for good news. Last time round I started bleeding five days after my day three transfer… this time thank god, everything has been fine and no bleeding.
Wish us luck guys 🤞🏻
Written by Sarah for her blog, The Wandering Wilsons.