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    Default Wife's 1st round of IVF

    Hi guys,
    just have some questions about IVF. My wife & I are going through our first round. They collected 13 eggs yesterday, & the egg implantation is happening on Monday. We were told this morning that 8 of the 13 eggs fertilized. My wife was told yesterday that only 1 embryo would be implanted because of her age (nearly 30 & reasonably healthy). She's really annoyed & upset because she wanted 2 implanted to increase chances of pregnancy.

    I'm just wondering:
    What are the chances of the first round working?
    Is there increased odds of pregnancy with 2 embryos in our case?
    Is there enough of a chance of the embryo splitting for only 1 embryo to be implanted?

    Thanks very much. I want to give her some good news so she can stop worrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caniusethisusername View Post
    Hi guys,
    just have some questions about IVF. My wife & I are going through our first round. They collected 13 eggs yesterday, & the egg implantation is happening on Monday. We were told this morning that 8 of the 13 eggs fertilized. My wife was told yesterday that only 1 embryo would be implanted because of her age (nearly 30 & reasonably healthy). She's really annoyed & upset because she wanted 2 implanted to increase chances of pregnancy.

    I'm just wondering:
    What are the chances of the first round working?
    Is there increased odds of pregnancy with 2 embryos in our case?
    Is there enough of a chance of the embryo splitting for only 1 embryo to be implanted?

    Thanks very much. I want to give her some good news so she can stop worrying.
    Surely your specialist has spoken to both of you about the percentages of her ivf success rate in regard to her age etc.? They usually only transfer two embryos if your over 35 or if you've had repeated failed transfers (5 or 6 failed transfers my 31 year old friend had). I'm not sure about the rest of your questions maybe ask your specialist or one of the nurses? Maybe some one else on here will have some more information for you. Sorry she's worrying so much but unfortunately ivf is a frucked up emotional roller coaster that doesn't get any easier as you go. Good luck.

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    I think what I've picked up over the years is:
    - double transfer doesn't mean double chance of implanting, I have been told if it's going to work it will regardless of if you put in one or two
    - they generally won't transfer more than one til you are over 35 and/or you have had multiple transfers
    - there are increased health risks for mother and babies with twin pregnancies which is why they don't like putting in more than one and with certain types of IVF (eg ICSI) there is increased chance of embryos splitting which can lead to higher multiple births

    Chat with your fertility specialist about your questions, they will be able to answer specifically for your situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluemeeple View Post
    I think what I've picked up over the years is:
    - double transfer doesn't mean double chance of implanting, I have been told if it's going to work it will regardless of if you put in one or two
    - they generally won't transfer more than one til you are over 35 and/or you have had multiple transfers
    - there are increased health risks for mother and babies with twin pregnancies which is why they don't like putting in more than one and with certain types of IVF (eg ICSI) there is increased chance of embryos splitting which can lead to higher multiple births

    Chat with your fertility specialist about your questions, they will be able to answer specifically for your situation.
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    All the very best, I hope you are one of the lucky couples that get pregnant first go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caniusethisusername View Post
    I'm just wondering:
    What are the chances of the first round working?
    Is there increased odds of pregnancy with 2 embryos in our case?
    Is there enough of a chance of the embryo splitting for only 1 embryo to be implanted?Thanks very much. I want to give her some good news so she can stop worrying.

    I agree with the above post. Under normal circumstances, unless you are over 35 (and in some cases, over 40!) most specialists won't do double transfers.

    And as far as your Wife's chances of success on the first attempt, that can depend on many factors. Your specialist should be able to give a rough estimate based on their clinic's success rates and your Wife's specific health details, but the sad fact is that IVF is a game of odds and nothing is 100% guaranteed.

    I was told when I first started IVF that at 40, putting in 2 embies does not equate to doubling your chance of success. It may increase your odds slightly, but not double them.

    At the end of the day you just have to hope that the two of you have produced a nice sticky emby and go with the flow. And if you have some in the freezer you will have options going forward.

    I wish you the best on your journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caniusethisusername View Post
    Hi guys,
    just have some questions about IVF. My wife & I are going through our first round. They collected 13 eggs yesterday, & the egg implantation is happening on Monday. We were told this morning that 8 of the 13 eggs fertilized. My wife was told yesterday that only 1 embryo would be implanted because of her age (nearly 30 & reasonably healthy). She's really annoyed & upset because she wanted 2 implanted to increase chances of pregnancy.

    I'm just wondering:
    What are the chances of the first round working?
    Is there increased odds of pregnancy with 2 embryos in our case?
    Is there enough of a chance of the embryo splitting for only 1 embryo to be implanted?

    Thanks very much. I want to give her some good news so she can stop worrying.
    I'm not sure what your odds. That's determined by your reasons for doing IVF.

    Most clinics in Australia will only do two in particular circumstances. I've just had a double transfer but it was following several failed single transfers, and it's my last shot so my FS was okay.

    The increased chance of pregnancy with a double transfer is not much. 10% or so. There's a higher chance of multiples and with multiples come risks.

    It is safest for mum and Bub to aim for a singleton pregnancy.

    For what it is worth, my DS who is now 2 was the result of a single day 3 transfer.

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    I second what previous posts have said. Your wife is still young and success would depend on many factors, including your reasons for IVF.
    As this is your first transfer, your FS won't know how the embryos will respond to the transfer. Multiple transfers are really considered only after a few unsuccessful tries here in Aus.
    Our FS said that the increased chance of getting pregnant is trivial, but the incidence of twins increases dramatically (as if the embryos help each other along).
    There is also the chance of one or both embryos dividing, leaving you with the question of what to do in the case of triplets or more.
    I'm 36 and currently 32w after transfer no 4. I have unexplained infertility, but probably my age doesn't help!
    Knowing what I know now, I'm very glad I only had single transfers and only one on board (I've had a really easy pregnancy so far).
    Hopefully you are some of the lucky ones who get pregnant in the first transfer or so and have some left in the freezer for siblings.

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    The above posts are right on, I was 35 and did Ivf for endometriosis , I was told 43% chance for me off fresh cycle , I got pregnant first go. It's also lab dependant too, esp with frozen cycles, Apparently endo is one of the best reasons to do ivf, that's the people who have best chance of success I was told..,,

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    I understand your wife's disappointment in only being allowed to transfer one embryo, I think we all do. Out of four transfers I've only ever had one double embryo transfer (on our third cycle) which resulted in one healthy, happy and amazing little girl. Of course, I often wonder what would have been and when I hear of others getting twins my heart still aches a little with envy.

    What are the chances of the first round working?
    Generally speaking, IVF has a success rate of around 30%.

    Is there increased odds of pregnancy with 2 embryos in our case?
    This is a small, very, very small increased chance (less than 2% I believe) of falling pregnant when transferring 2 embryos. But he number of embryos transferred does not guarantee you a baby. With a multiple pregnancy, there is also a marked increase in not taking home a baby at all. Most twins are born premature and neonates can have lifelong complications and chronic medical conditions.

    Is there enough of a chance of the embryo splitting for only 1 embryo to be implanted?
    I'm assuming you are referring to getting identical twins? The whole point of IVF is to get a baby, not twins. Yes, the idea of having a complete family in one shot is perfect, every IVFer has thought about this.

    I have a few friends who think ivf is the perfect way to get an instant family but unfortunately that is not the reality. Just focus on being supportive of eachother because IVF is one hell of a roller coaster. Hopefully this round works for you and you don't need to think about IVF again for a while.

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