Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Final count

Another one made it to freeze, so we have 2 5-day blastocysts on ice.

Not bad for an old girl, I guess. I'm just hoping that all of the attrition is done, and that each of the 3 left is good baby-making material.

Since I am pretty quantitative, here's the final rundown, with numbers:

18 eggs retrieved
17 fertilized via ICSI (94% retained)
10 fertilized on day 1 (59% retained, 55% of retrieved total)
8 still going on day 3 (80% retained, 44% of retrieved total)
5 blastocysts on day 5 (62% retained, 28% of retrieved total)
3 good enough to freeze/ use (60% retained, 17% of retrieved total)

So our percentage attrition from retrieval to "good enough at 5 days enough to possibly become a baby"? 83%.

(incidentally, as I was re-reading this, I had a "12 days of Christmas" moment. So now I am humming that to myself with the words replaced. Oy.)

I wish like hell there was some place where I could compare these numbers to some sort of averages and then see associated live birth rates based on numbers of embryos transferred. Because I am in the throes of an obsessive Google-a-thon, and that sort of data, or an article that talks all about regressions and correlations is just what I need to keep occupied.

(If any of you know of such data, please let me know where I can find it!!)

I think I am going to step away from the keyboard and bake something. Seriously, my fingers are going to start to bleed soon from too much typing.


  1. Ha! If you find it, let me know -- I've done my fair share of Googling the past few days, too.

    So glad that you have two blasts to freeze! Your numbers look great and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!


  2. Baking is a good idea. Tearing yourself away from dr google....good luck with that! :)

  3. Baking sounds like an excellent idea. In fact, let's say you had enough ingredients to make 18 muffins. When you've mixed them and poured the batter into the muffin tins, it turns out you have enough for 17. Once in the oven, 7 burn within the first ten minutes. You reduce the temperature. 2 more burn in the next ten minutes. When you take the 5 remaining out of the oven, 2 are not fully baked. So you have 3 absolutely textbook perfect muffins left. Now, do you really need Google to tell you those muffins have a 100% chance of being delicious?

    Okay, not the best analogy, but distracting, yes?

    I have big big hopes for that little muffin inside you!!! Sending lots of good energy!!!


  4. Congrats on the two frosties!

    Baking is definitely a great way to keep yourself distracted :).

    And LOL at Mad Hatter's baking analogy...

    I always get mad when dr. google doesn't have the EXACT information I'm looking for. Seriously, you'd think someone else somewhere would have gone through the same exact thing I've been through and would've had the decency to blog about it...but nooooo.

    Hope you find lots of good distractions :)

  5. OMG, you made me laugh with the "not bad for an old girl" line. It's actually totally kickass for a "mature" lady!! 2 great blasts transferred and 3 to freeze?? So many younger women would KILL for that!

    I'm not sure whether this is so much of what you're looking for, but I've found the site really helpful and seems a little bit along the line of what you're researching:

    Continued super implantation vibes coming your way! :)

  6. Attrition sucks but I'd still say that is pretty darn good. My last cycle with my own eggs resulted in 0 to transfer and 0 to freeze, so I'm liking your numbers!