I have three embryos on board. Yes, that's three. Which is pretty much impossible in the UK if you are under 40, which I'm not, and hard even if you're over 40, which I am. But we were confronted with the scenario this morning of three good embryos, two six cell and one five cell, and two average embryos, both 6 cell, and two embryos which gave up the ghost at 2 cells, although one was still hanging in there. This made me ask the question about whether it was worth transferring all three good embryos to give us the best chance at a (singleton) pregnancy.
H was against transferring three. I came to the idea after hearing about how this crop of embryos had done overnight. It is the poorest crop of embryos we've ever had. Trransfer previously has been of 'excellent' embryos - 8 cells at day 3 or 4 cells at day 2, and I've been pregnant twice, both times unsuccessfully, with those better embryos. So I felt we had the best chance of getting pregnant with three. Pregnant with a singleton, at best. So I asked about three, the embryologist checked with Dr Candour, who ok-ed it. And I figure if he ok-ed it, he's pretty sure our chances of triplets or even twins are close to zero.
All this took a long time and I was glad I'd paced myself with the water drinking. Last time I was about ready to explode before transfer. This time bladder was full, but bearable. The same doc did the transfer as did our last transfer. I think they got him up specially to do me as I had a long wait on the table, so I think I should be flattered. But I'd rather have someone else. He's very kind, but has hurt me more than any other doctor at transfer. So it was uncomfortable, even a bit painful, but ok - better than the last time, anyway.
I had to get myself home in a taxi as H rushed off after transfer to take Pob to Gymboree. I went to M&S and bought yummy strawberries and cherries*, came home and sat on the sofa all afternoon watching episodes of ER and reading blogs. It wasn't a bad afternoon, as they go. And when Pob got home she was delighted to see me and told me all about her day. At least that's what I think she was saying.
Thank you so much for all the good wishes. I read many of them while in various positions in the clinic today, it meant a lot to me to have all of your support again.
* I know many of you are put on bedrest by your clincs after transfer, but honestly I've looked at the evidence and it's nonsense. The only sensible study I could find found that women who took a normal level of activity after transfer had higher clinical pregnancy rates than those who went on bedrest. So though I did take it easy and did feel a bit crampy on and off, I feel fine about having had a wander this afternoon.