IVF #2: Cycle Update and PGS Results

Aunt Flo decided to grace us with her presence on Monday. TMI alert: this month she’s been ugly. Super heavy flow, horrible cramps…pretty much miserable. I know it was heavy after our first IVF cycle, but I don’t remember it being THIS bad. Regardless, sometimes in IVF seeing your period is pretty exciting.  It means things are rolling again, so bring it on!

Our transfer date is scheduled for September 21st. In preparation for transfer, I started taking birth control again, and I’ll be on that for about 10 days. At the beginning of September, I start Delestrogen injections, which I’ll do every third day. This is different than my last doctor who had me on estrogen pills. The medication is in castor oil, and it looks super thick. It’ll be interesting to see how that feels to inject. I’ll also be taking Endometrin vaginally 3x/day (which means I get to take it to work–oh how fun!). Additionally, I will be taking Progestrone lozenges 3x daily underneath the tongue. They are weird looking purple squares that smell like grapes:

Lovely lozenges πŸ˜‰


Our nurse called this morning to tell us our PGS results were in, and ask of we’d like to know the genders. In this crazy process, I try to look for all the cool aspects. Of course I want to know the genders! That’s not something fertile couples get to know right away. I want all to experience all the “perks” IVF has to offer, because let’s be honest, there aren’t a ton!

Of our seven embryos, all are boys expect for ONE! Of the seven, FOUR are normal. I’m grateful to say, my one little princess is among the “normal” ones! It’s always sad to see embryos not develop, or develop abnormally. We’re really happy to have four still, but there’s a little bit of heartache that comes with learning some of our embies have chromosomal issues.

 

Our PGS results in detail.


I’m so grateful we decided to do PGS. I feel like it will ultimately save us a lot of heartache. It’s really fun to know the genders, and to think about what decision we are going to make regarding transfer. We would like to transfer two embryos, and we’d love at least one boy and one girl in our family. I’ve always wanted a little girl, so I am really hoping she is a strong fighter, and makes it all the way. Of course, we wish that for all of them. 

We keep going back and forth about which gender combo to transfer first. There are benefits to both. If we transfer two boys, and are lucky enough to deliver two bouncing babies, they’ll have a built in playmate for life. If we transfer a boy and a girl and both make it, it’ll be really amazing to raise boy/girl twins who have an understanding and compassion for the opposite sex. Hopefully our doctor can help guide our decision a bit further with embryo grading information. We’re feeling pretty torn about which direction to go, but so thankful to feel like we have a choice. πŸ’™πŸ’—

 

 

52 thoughts on “IVF #2: Cycle Update and PGS Results

  1. lgandlg says:

    This process is so amazing. We’ll be doing pgs as well and it’s nice to hear you have 4 normal embies. Also amazing to know the sex! Must feel good! This just sets the stage for more good things to come! God bless!

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  2. ashleykyleanderson says:

    This is so cool!! I loved seeing the gender results; how amazing! Someone did tell me that higher graded embryos are much more likely to be boys (I think it was something like 75%!), which I find really interesting. So maybe that could help explain why your girl count is so low? But then I also heard that ICSI is more likely to result in a girl, so I guess it is a toss up. Still fun though!

    I’m thrilled for you guys and I’m sure that you are more than ready to get to this transfer! Our anniversary is the 26th of September so that is a great time of year. ☺️ So happy to hear the good report on your little embies. Lots of love! πŸ’—

    Oh, and my husband is one of twin boys. From what I’ve heard, it sounds like they are a handful but also a lot of fun! Kyle also has childhood friends who are boy/girl twins. I never thought much about what it would be like to have opposite sex twins before, but they are actually so close and their relationship is very sweet. I’d love to have boy/girl twins!

    I know it is a big decision either way so I will be thinking of you guys as you make it. Are you going to share the gender/s you chose at transfer or keep it a secret and wait to announce?

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    • heatherhopeful says:

      I didn’t know those stats! How interesting. Science is crazy cool.

      Thank you–we look forward to sharing an awesome September with you guys. How many years have you been married?

      Awesome that Kyle is a twin! Did his parents do fertility treatments, or were they super blessed?

      Chris wants to keep the decision private, but I have no problem posting it. Lol. We’ll see where he settles! I’d love to share once we finally decide!

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      • ashleykyleanderson says:

        It will be 6 years next month… time flies! And no, no fertility treatments. They were super blessed. Actually, they were super SUPER blessed because they weren’t even trying. πŸ˜’ But, I guess I can’t be too upset about that because that is how we have Kyle! (Honestly, other than the true stories of people I know close to me, I would think getting pregnant accidentally was an urban legend.) It is weird though that now every time I see twins I wonder if they are the product of fertility treatments! I think that is a psychological side effect of IVF. πŸ˜‰

        I don’t know what I would do regarding telling or keeping it a secret! It’s a tough decision, especially on top of all the other tough decisions you have been making. I think I’d want to tell but not be able to keep it quiet for that long, haha. It is so nice to know more about the identity of your little embies though. ☺️

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        • heatherhopeful says:

          Wow–happy 6 year anniversary! How exciting.

          I know what you mean. Now every set of twins I see or know, I second guess whether or not ART was involved. I bet you’re right that it’s a side effect of fertility treatments.

          Hope all is well for you two. Big hugs!

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  3. Nara says:

    That’s fantastic! It sounds like it’s really worth doing the testing. (I don’t think we get it on the NHS but I bet it would save a lot of heartache!) I am super happy for you and looking forward to hearing about twins! Or quadruplets! πŸ™‚

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  4. myivfdiary2015 says:

    My goodness me!! I’ve gone all goosebumpy at your results again! Especially because of your “princess” ahhhh 😍😍😍. I think your pgs was an epic idea, sadly in the UK we never get to find out the sex of the embies so this to me is majorly exciting news! ❀️ As a comparison on our first round we had zero frosties, went for a double embie transfer and had one precious son. It was the best decision for us to go for a double transfer, I can completely relate to your thoughts on the subject. Saying that though, our results were no where near as fabulous as yours. On our second round we had a single transfer, and got 2 precious frosties, so again seriously your results are out of this world!! I can’t express how much your updates honestly are bringing a lot of happiness to my world right now and as always I’m sending loads of positivity and love your way, from the UK. Xxxx p.s hopefully this will be the last time you see Aunt Flo for a long time. Common – keeping everything crossed xxxx

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      • myivfdiary2015 says:

        I’m not sure as to why we don’t get to find out, although the embryologist did ask what sex we would prefer. My sister who deals with horse insemination says that they sex the sperm prior to inseminating a horse, depending on which sex they want and that it easy to do. (Lol) perhaps they knew all along – but sadly I’ll never get to find out πŸ™‚ knowledge is such a special gift, one which you so deserve to have. Remain positive for you both and those gorgeous lil embies xxx

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        • heatherhopeful says:

          That’s interesting the embrologist asked what sex you’d prefer–makes me wonder if he was trying to grant your wishes. Sorry you’ll not get to find out. I often wonder the gender of the embryo we lost. Thanks for your positivity. Sending you big hugs!

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  5. thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

    Eeeek those progesterone pastilles don’t look very appetising hon! I hope they are not too disgusting :-s
    your results of the PGS are so interesting…and exciting too! It is such a big decision to make…would you consider putting the four embryo genders into a hat and picking two, revealing them and then see how your gut feels when you find out what that combination is…? Or is that just a really weird way of thinking about it??!
    Booo to evil AF 😐 Yey to new cycle!!! πŸ™‚

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    • heatherhopeful says:

      Thank you so much! We hope they’ll all be getting into all our stuff and driving us crazy in a few years. πŸ’ž Your embaby was a boy for your March cycle? We didn’t do PGS for our first IVF. I know I want to think PGS makes it a sure thing, but I should know by now that nothing is guaranteed. How’ve you been, my dear?

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      • 30yr old nothing says:

        Yeah our march cycle. I definitely imagined his first few years of life while we were waiting to transfer. I often wonder if next time we’ll find out the genders because I was so attached to him already so it made the failure harder to bare… Not to rain on your parade though. You have 4 little angels and I’m convinced they’ll all be take home babies :)… I’ve been great, thanks for asking. Just keeping very busy waiting for my hysteroscopy next month. I’m so ready to jump back on the saddle.

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