We had 10 remaining embryos on ice, and after our last loss, we decided to have them all PGS tested.*
Before our embryos could be tested, they’d need to be thawed, biopsied, and re-frozen. We also needed to participate in a consultation with the lab that would be doing the testing.
We were told since we (me, really) were both 31 when our embryos were made, we could expect around 60% of them to be normal, and the rest, obviously, abnormal. I knew that all my embryos had made it to Day 5 before they were frozen, but I’d never known what they were graded.
They were ALL 5AA.
If you’re blessed in the fertility department — this is exceptional. If you’re currently undergoing IVF — I don’t need to tell you how amazing that is.
So, two weeks ago, all ten were frozen and biopsied. Nine out of the 10 survived the process and were re-frozen.
Yesterday we got the call from my nurse, and EIGHT of the nine are chromosomally normal!
I know that a PGS diagnosis of “normal” is no guarantee, but I’m very optimistic about moving forward with a frozen cycle this fall. I also can’t help but wonder if we really DID hit the 60% mark:
1st transfer — Chemical Pregnancy, one embryo
2nd transfer — early loss, one embryo
3rd transfer — healthy baby, two embryos
4th transfer — early loss, one embryo
So we’ve used 5 of the original 15. Assuming the ones we lost or didn’t take were abnormal, plus the test results we have now, that means 9/15 (60%) were/are normal.
We’re on schedule to try again in October. Now if only I could stop eating and drinking like I’m still on vacation.
*Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) is a powerful genetic test that may be performed on embryos during IVF treatment to screen for numerical chromosomal abnormalities. PGS is performed on a small embryo biopsy prior to transfer and identifies which embryos are chromosomally normal.