I still intend on telling the full story from yesterday, but just jumping on to give the fert report.
Of the 17 retrieved 16 were mature 9 fertilized
It seems that is a bad sign. With my crappy eggs we never had less than 82% of the mature eggs fertilize - meaning that we would have had 13 embryos now instead of 9. I was really expecting fewer mature eggs since Belinda had one ovary growing follicles faster than the other. I guess I was prepared for 12-14 mature and 10-12 fertilize. I'm not sure what to think now.
Does anyone know why we would have such a low fert rate? I have asked the embryologist to call me back, but probably won't hear from him for several more hours.
I just got off the phone with the embryologist at my clinic. The short answer is that he is not concerned that 7 mature eggs didn't fertilize. "Not even a tiny bit?" I asked. "No, not at all." What a relief! Thanks again to everyone's continued support.
My husband, best friend, sister and Belinda are probably a little upset with me for freaking out. I recognize it wasn't exactly the best response given that I knew I didn't really have enough information. I recognize that we would all be better served if I learn to react differently in the future. I'm just not sure that is going to happen within the time frame of this cycle. I will be working on it though.
For those of you who are interested - the long story. We knew that she had 10-12 follicles growing at the expected rate and several that were behind. The embryologist suspects that many of these immature eggs created a polar body during the aspiration process and so looked mature even though thy "matured" by the aspiration process and not by maturing in the follicle. My apologies to Dr. B if I completely misunderstood his description. Oh, the other 1/2 of the equation looked good too. The official next update will be Sunday.