Well today went better than expected in that the decision was easier to make than I anticipated. Essentially Embie No 2 is what they call “noisy”.
I am going to put a pic in to try and explain it and try not to make it boring.
This pic is not my result but it does show an abnormal CGH test.
See how most of the array is within the two lines? If it was entirely normal it would all be between the two lines. See where there is a section outside the lines highlighted by an arrow? That is an abnormality, for this case it is specifically an abnormality at chromosome number 6.
Noisy means that the sample went up and down so much that it was in spikes, some of which went out of the lines a little but none that went out of the lines for a whole chromosome like the one above. So does it mean an abnormality or not? There was a suggestion that some of the X chromosome might be missing but it really wasn’t clear.
Anyway, it is an option to rebiopsy the embryo and freeze it again so we have decided to do that once we have more embryos to test which is not going to be for another 4 months now. I need to stop with the IVF for a bit.
We are however doing an IUI this month. We had this big discussion about whether this would mean a possible pregnancy with abnormalities present but the Dr didn’t seem to think so. He said that based on the types of abnormalities we seem to be getting with our embryos we would not see a pregnancy progress. So if anything I could get another chemical. We also could just jag it and get a normal pregnancy. The Dr said we could do IUI inbetween each IVF cycle if we really wanted to (not so sure about this yet).
Eric asked a really good question about the probability of IUI success and why it was less odds than natural (I think IUI at my age is about 10% and natural is 12%). It seems like you’d say – what’s the point? However what the Dr explained is that for long term infertiles (which is the sample that is used for the IUI stat) 10% is greater than the level of success they have been having so this is in fact a better result. This totally makes sense.
I pondered a lot whether or not we should just be doing continual IUIs – I’ve achieved pregnancy from one before and they seem like a bargain at only $250 a pop and IVF doesn’t seem to be increasing our chances at all but I don’t know. I think the CGH (PGD) testing seems important for what is happening with our embies.
I’m also going to do a bunch of other tests (heavy metals exposure and a few other things suggested by the naturopath) and work with her on boosting egg quality over the next few months. I want THE best chance for our next cycle. I want to know that I did everything I could to get a bumper crop and then just accept the card that is dealt if there is nothing that comes of that.
To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about the IUI this month (even though it was largely my idea). It kind of drags on things for another 2 weeks when I could be on my break already but I figured we might as well give it a go. We were intending to transfer so those 2 weeks had already been allocated. Might as well use them up. Then it will be 100% break time for a few months. A part of me actually cannot wait.
In other news (TMI warning) Eric and I actually bumped nasties later that morning JUST. FOR. THE. FUN. OF. IT. Yes, we had sex because we wanted to, NOT for fertility reasons. Excuse me for making it out like it is a news flash but it goddam is. I can’t remember the last time I was able to have sex just because I felt like it and not because someone told me now was the right time. I was all, man this is good. SEX! Wow! People should do this more often. Woooooo. Felt like I’d just discovered the idea.