Embryo Transfer

The Joy of Pessaries

As many of you know, after egg collection, you face the joy of pessaries and the ever embarrassing back door or front door debate! To be honest, the thought of either ‘door’ sends a shudder down my spine, but without giving it too much thought, I settled for the front door! The pessaries (cyclogest) contains progesterone, which is a female sex hormone. It is essential to help establish a pregnancy after IVF. 

Following egg collection, I was in a bit of pain, feeling bloated and just not myself. So, when the joy of diarrhea was added to the mix, I felt even worse! One of the many side effects of the pessaries! Of course, I couldn’t write this post without talking about wind! Oh the wind! My poor husband! Sharing a bed with Miss Windy Universe! 

Since egg collection, I had been unable to sleep through an entire night. It was impossible! Night sweats, wind, up and down to the toilet. I found that I was waking up at the same time every night. 1am, 7.30am and then eventually getting up at 10am. You know those films you see sometimes, when the woman is all alone, lying in bed, in a dark room, a rickety, paint peeling wooden window in the background. She looks at the alarm clock, 1am. She woke at the same time every single night of her life. Then one night, she woke at 1am and found she wasn’t alone. A murderous, ghost like figure leans his frightening shadow over her bed and launches his body onto hers…..blah blah blah! Completely, off subject, I know but waking at the same time every night like that reminds me of those types of films!

Another Scan. Friday, July 22nd 2011

I was glad that our embryo transfer wasn’t until Monday. It meant that I had more time to recover from the pain of egg collection. I had another scan on Friday, 22nd July 2011. The consultant just wanted to check and make sure everything was ok. The scan went well. I still had some fluid in my uterus but no more than at the previous scan which was good. My ovaries were still on the big side but at least they weren’t any bigger.

Embryo Transfer. Saturday, 23rd July 2011

The morning of embryo transfer arrived and I was feeling a little nervous and scared. I hoped and prayed that it wouldn’t hurt like egg collection did. 

My husband and I arranged for me to have acupuncture before and after the transfer. We didn’t know if it would help but it made me feel relaxed and most of all it made us feel like we were doing something positive to help. 

Before the transfer went ahead, my husband and I were taken to a private room to wait for our turn. Two other couples were having embryo transfer that day also. The walls were quite thin and although we couldn’t hear what was being said in the next room, the sound of the woman crying told me it wasn’t good news for them. My heart was racing. What if none of our embryo’s made it? What would we do? How would we move on from that?

As the minutes ticked away, we waited and waited. About an hour later, the embryologist entered our room. My breath went short, my stomach did somersaults and I think my heart may have actually stopped for a minute or two. The words from his mouth…..”9 of your embryo’s have made it to blastocyst.”


He told us that they grade embryos 1-5. 5 being the best and they give them letter grades as well. ‘A’ being the best. (Please note that different clinics have different grading systems). My husband and I had our minds set on having two embryos transferred. I know this is not for everyone but we understood all that it entailed. 

The embryologist told us that one of the embryos he would be transferring back was a grade 4AA and the other was a 3AA, so they were both good quality. He then went on to explain to us that two of the seven embryos left would definitely be frozen. One was a 3AA and the other was a 3AB. He would call us tomorrow to confirm if any others would be frozen.

What he said next made my husband and I cry….

“I’d be very surprised if you don’t get pregnant”

This totally caught us off guard and opened up the flood gates! 

Embryo Transfer

Our Beautiful Babies

My husband came in the room with me and held my hand throughout. The embryologist put a ‘live stream’, so to speak of our embryo’s on the TV screen in the operating room, so we could see them before they were transferred. My husband took a picture of them (right).

The transfer didn’t hurt at all. I was amazed when the consultant did an ultrasound scan as I lay on the table and we were able to see our embryo’s inside me! I cannot explain how emotional we felt. I couldn’t stop crying. 

So much hope, longing and rightly or wrongly desperation that this would work.

The consultant gave us a scan picture of our embryos and I’d like to share it with you (below)

Our embryos back where they belong

See those two ‘white dots’ in the middle of the scan? That’s our embryos!

After the transfer, I had acupuncture again and the consultant told us that our official test date (OTD) would be August 5th 2011. She did however, also say that we could test on day 10 (August 2nd 2011). 

We were officially PUPO (Pregnant until Proven Otherwise) and we were now on the dreaded two week wait (2ww/tww).

13 thoughts on “Embryo Transfer

  1. I didnt get as far as IVF but had infertility treatment to conceive my son and im now using it again to try for another. Its tough but hopefully you are just being patient, and God will bless you,
    Aqeela xx

  2. My goodness, what an emotional journey for you and your husband. I can't imagine what it must be like but I wish you the very best for the future. Thank you for sharing such intimate and personal experiences in this post.

    1. Hi Zoe, thank you for your kind words. Before I started writing this blog, I knew that I would do so honestly, even if some of it is a little embarrassing! It's such an amazing thing to see your babies as embryos, something not many parents get to see & we will always be grateful to everyone who has helped us on our journey. I hope you and others will continue to read and enjoy our journey. Thank you πŸ™‚

  3. Woah, That was a different read then what I am used to… and I loved it – Thank you so much for sharing this with me! I wasnt sure of the ins & outs of IVF and following your journey is a blessing! Cant wait to read more =D x

    1. Hi Charlotte! Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚ I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about our journey, there is plenty more to come! I hope you will continue to follow our journey. Thank you πŸ™‚

  4. Happy to hear your story.I had onle 1 folicle which was a good news,egg collection was on 27/03/2013,it fertilised and embyo put back on 29/03/13 doctor said it is developing very well.on 1/04/13 I was having alot of pain lasted day and night and have been having diarrehoe since the day one.this is my 1st icsi am 41 can somebody guide me or anybody have gone through this can give an advice to the ubove matter.name janet michael

    1. Hello! Thanks for your comment. I hope egg collection went well for you. I'm assuming you had a 3 day transfer? On day 1, the embryo continues to grow and develop, turning from a 6-8 cell embryo into a morula. On day 2, the cells of the morula continue to divide, developing into a blastocyst. Day 3,the blastocyst begins to hatch out of its shell. Day 4, the blastocyst continues to hatch out of its shell and begins to attach itself to the uterus. Day 5, the blastocyst attaches deeper into the uterine lining, beginning implantation. Day 6, implantation continues. Day 7, implantation is complete, cells that will eventually become the placenta and fetus have begun to develop. Day 8, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) starts to enter the blood stream. Day 9, fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted. Day 10, fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted. Day 11, levels of hCG are now high enough to detect a pregnancy. Source: http://www.nyufertilitycenter.org/ivf/embryo_transfer

  5. I know this is an old post, but reading your IVF journey is bringing back lots of memories for me. It is wonderful that this journey led to your twins, isn't fertility treatment an amazing thing? We conceived our baby boy through IVF and I am so grateful, every day for him, and the help we received. Science rocks!

  6. It’s very depressing reading this. You’re very lucky to have had 9 blastocysts. And all in fab grade. Can you imagine what impact your words have on other women who have far far less embryos, leave alone if they’re going to make it to 3rd day. You didn’t need to mention boastingly your fantastic result in numbers, perhaps be more mindful to other women with worse chances. It would be enough to write you got two good enough for transfer and a couple to freez. Simple.

    1. Oh go away! It’s not boasting! Having 9 embryos is part of our journey. I was writing the posts whilst going through IVF and I obviously wanted to remember the moment we were told we had 9 embryos, which is why I wrote it down and decided to re-publish my diary entries for others going through IVF. Yes, others aren’t as lucky, but does that mean I need to ‘play down’ our own experience? Our journey? No, it doesn’t. Go and be a bore elsewhere!

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