I suppose now would be a good time to discuss these mystery embryos. Prepare to enter THE TWILIGHT ZONE... CUE CREEPY MUSIC NOW. There are 9 embryos. They have been frozen since 1999. 1999! In 1999, Britney was singing... "Baby One More Time", Ricky Martin was livin la vida loca, and Destiny's Child had all of it's original members. I was starting my freshman year of college.... in the meantime, in a far away land, these embryos were being made. This piece of information has continued to BLOW MY MIND!
From the minute I saw "9 embryos made in 1999", I had a weird strange connection to them. We requested information on two sets of embryos. Initially she sent the other set. We kept saying, yea these are great, but please send us the information on the 1999 set.
So when our RE said that she approved of either set, we followed our heart. Sure they were old, and frozen using older techniques, but given the fact that during this whole entire process, we havent really had a say about anything it felt good to finally be able to have a say. It was also scary as hell. You are, after all, selecting your potential future children. No big deal ;)
I went to my appointment to discuss the game plan with my RE. In the back of my mind I was prepared for the worse. In 1999 they did things a little different. They froze the embryos on Day 3. There are 6 Day 3 embryos, and 3 day 6 embryos.
However, the craziest thing happened, the RE told me that she was very optimistic about things. She explained that she studied under the doctor that preformed the IVF. Small world. She told me these are very advanced embryos for 1999. The clinic was ahead of the game for 1999. So the game plan is to thaw the 6 day 3 embryos for a few days and transfer the ones that get to blastocyst stage. She felt very good about them. Then she shared even better news... (well it depends on your definition of good news, because it's not that great of news for the donor, I know first hand how horrible this must have been for them). The donor was young when she did IVF and only did so because she had tubal issues. She has very happy about this, and informed me that this is great news for me, because it's like having an egg donor. Apparently, tubal issues have a higher success rate, because the infertility isnt due to egg quality. (This in no way discredits anyone suffering infertility due to tubal issues). I think I skipped out of that appointment, for the first time in over a year, finally what appears to be some mildly good news.