Tomorrow at 8am is our retrieval…ahhhh.
What is a retrieval you ask? I’ll be put under a local anesthetic and then a thin needle is inserted through the vaginal wall under ultrasound guidance to aspirate the follicles and retrieve the eggs. The eggs are removed from the follicles through a needle connected to a suction device. Next Mike’s “specimen” will be combined with my eggs to make embryos. Once the embryos are fertilized they will then grow for 5 days at which point a biopsy will be taken and the embryos will be frozen.
We will find out 1 important thing tomorrow:
- How many follicles were retrieved. This gives us an idea of what we are working with. IVF-ers want a large number but not too large. I want 21. If too many are retrieved that usually means they aren’t mature or won’t fertilize.
Saturday we find out 2 important things:
- How many follicles contained mature eggs.
- How many fertilized. I want 16.
The important thing to realize during IVF with PGD is that ultimately our embryos need to be tested. We need a large number to be fertilized and grow to day 5 so that they can test a bunch of embryos.
Ask, believe, receive.