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    Default Identical twins from ivf

    Hi,
    I'm new to this site, this is a long post sorry, I was wondering if anyone else has been in a similar situation to myself, I went through a cycle at the start of this year and transferred two embryos, one didn't stick and the other stuck and split so I ended up with identical twin boys, which I sadly had stillborn at 21 weeks, due to
    Undiagnosed twin twin transfusion, since having the boys I have been researching like mad about assisted hatching and it seems that the assisted hatching makes it more likely for the embryo to split(we had assisted hatching), has anyone else had an assisted hatching embryo split? We are looking at doing a FET hopefully November or December, in which I am having trouble deciding on transferring one or two embryos again, I am absolutely comfortable with having twins again but I'm worried that an embryo will split again and I could end up with 3 or 4 babies, I have done 2 other FET's and transferred two embryos where one cycle was a fail and the other only one took which I lost at 14 weeks, I'm really confused about what to do I feel that I will regret it if I only transfer one embryo and it doesn't take, I'm hoping this all makes sense

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    Hi nikki, sorry to hear about your loss. I used assisted hatching in my first 2 ivf cycles. I only transferred one embryo each time (I wanted to transfer 2 but only had one viable) but unfortunately neither round stuck so I'm not really much help sorry. The clinic never mentioned anything to me about assisted hatching giving increased chance of identical twins though.

    I would discuss your concerns with your fs and whether they think assisted hatching contributed to the twins. I doubt they would let you transfer two embryos if they thought there was a high chance of you ending up with 4 fetuses. Do you need assisted hatching to help the embryos progress? Perhaps you could still transfer 2 without assisted hatching?

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    The clinic never mentioned those risks to me either but since researching it more it's got me thinking, I had assisted hatching done due to a couple of unsuccessful FET's,
    I have an appointment in a couple of weeks time to organize starting my next FET I have a massive list of questions for the doctor :-/
    I'm pretty sure the rest of that batch of embryos have already had the assisted hatching done before freezing as it was done on day 3 and we didn't decide on transferring two embryos until transfer day, which was done on day 5,
    Have you had a successful cycle since your failed AH cycles?

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    Yes after our first 2 failed cycles (and no frozen embryos from either cycle) we switched clinics and I'm now pregnant with fraternal twins.

    The new clinic didn't mention assisted hatching (and I didn't think to ask about it) so we didn't have that done on our last cycle.

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    Im so sorry for your loss and what you have had to endure. Its such a tough decision to make regarding transfer of 1 or 2 embryos. I had a fet this feb, we transferred only 1 embryo and I got pregnant with triplets. I lost 2 though
    2 were in the same sac and 1 on its own, the miracle im due to give birth to in 7 weeks is one of the identical twins.
    Ive never had assisted hatching with my ivf journey though but definitely talk to your fs about your concerns.
    Good luck and keep us updated

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    I have a friend who has identical twins. They didn't do assisted hatching, but did transfer a fully hatched blastocyst at her FET.
    From what I've read, the incidence of splitting after ivf transfer is only 1 or 2 percent higher than in normal spontaneous pregnancies. Splitting normally I think was about 3-4% of all pregnancies.
    I had my son a few weeks before her's were born - mine was a fresh hatching blastocyst. Both of us had PGD.

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    I don't know what assisted hatching is sorry, but I have identical twins from ivf. We transferred two embryos, one split and one ended in a sac but no bub. So yes, triplets was definitely a possibility. This was our first ivf cycle. We feel absolutely blessed

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    Thanks for your replies @phee83
    Oh that's great, I'm so glad you had a successful cycle, I hope you enjoy the rest of your pregnancy
    @olismumma
    Thanks, it really is a tough decision, I had 2 embryos transferred on a previous unsuccessful FET then again with my fresh which was my twins,
    You must have been so shocked to see 3 babies at your scan, how precious tho I bet you can't wait to meet bubs
    @babyinjune
    Oh wow identical twins and ivf are more common than I realized, I was never aware of it really until it happened to me, I will have to find out what grade my frozen embryos are, I know there at blastocyst stage but I wonder how hatched they are, I'm hoping to do a FET by the end of this year
    @NAT2561
    Congratulations on your identical twins you really are blessed, I hope your pregnancy was enjoyable, triplets is what I'm worried about, I would be super happy to have another set of twins but with a 3 year old aswell I think triplets would be a struggle :-/

    I can't wait I talk to the lab to see exactly what grade my embryos are and what their thoughts are on it all, I was meant to call today but I have been busy organizing the little miss's 3rd birthday stuff for tomorrow xx


 

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