Because Genea is expensive for a cycle. We got the doctor to get the Genea lab to do a "trial IMSI analysis" ie. Analyse the sperm under IMSI to see if it was worthwhile or not. That's when we heard back we had 1% clinical usable. So that is why we dropped the donor avenue and pursued with my husband at Genea. I am so glad we did that now.
while we were there the embryos were developing well enough that we got them to do PGD testing (cost a little more) but enabled them to identify the embryos that were 100% normal for chromosomes. And that has been so reassuring whilst being pregnant to know that. It also eliminates the pain, agony and time of the main cause of miscarriage.
Using frozen embryos rather than fresh is a better thing where possible as the female body is not pumped up on ridiculous amounts of hormones and recovering from egg collections etc. this helps considerably for implantation.
I also recommend that all females get tested for immunology issues prior to having an embryo transferred. It's a few blood tests. But. Honestly if you have issues in this area, then it wouldn't matter if you put the best embryo in the world in, your body will ruin it for you. And there are simple medications that can pretty much eliminate immunology issues. (Dr Matthias reproductive immunology - sydney) you could do a phone appt, get bloods sent etc if you live in QLD.
I also recommend doing what ever you can to help implantation. And some things we did were, Accupincture and endometrial scratching.
Sorry to bombard with info, but after 14 cycles I feel like I want to save as many people as possible from the crap we went through and the time wasted for us in figuring these very useful measures out, which have now resulted in pregnancy.
And lastly, (this should of been first) giving yourself the best shot at getting good eggs and as any as possible, as it is a numbers game especially with male infertility issues. You need lots of eggs to be there in hope that the one good sperm that may exist being used.
helping male sperm as bad as it may be be better, can be achieved with vitamin regimes and lifestyle choices.. Especially No alcohol for men with infertility issues if can take away what little possibility there may be.
For females vitamins were crucial also and We also found that Accupuncture assisted blood flow to uterus which helped with eggs.
The drugs that the fertility doctors prescribe can also make a huuuuuuge difference. Be strong don't let them give you low amounts and play it safe bull****.. I honestly feel that is the way of ensuring they get another round of IVF $$$$ from you. The worst thing that can happen is you will over stimulate. Yes that is bad, not the end of the world. And most IVF clinics don't charge you if the cycle is cancelled for medical reasons. And over stimulation is a medical reason. But if you do ivf and only get a few eggs more miracles are required than if have several eggs when dealing with male infertility. (Numbers game!!)
Proganova prior to cycle helped enable even growth on the eggs so that we could yield maximum eggs in the catchment range. (Eg. No Proganova = 3 eggs but when we used Proganova we ended up with 12)
In addition to the standard drugs they administer , we insisted for growth hormones and Luveris. This cocktail led to pregnancy for us. If you are a younger woman probably not needed as much. But if your mid 30plus, it can not hurt.
All the best