? about slow embryos (preg ment)
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holly - September 2

I have written to you many times before regarding inherent poor egg quality, namely dark and grainy cytoplasm (esp. in young patients who are healthy, nl fsh, good response to stims etc.) and slow to divide embies but I doubt you would remember me ;).

We recently completed fresh IVF #5 (we were successful on IVF #2 and have a very healthy 2 1/2 yo dd). With this cycle our embryos were lagging in their development even more than is normal for us. We transferred one 5 cell and three 4 cell embryos on day 3 (but all were rated very high quality wise in areas other than cell number). This cycle has resulted in what appears AT THIS POINT to be a viable singleton pregnancy (have had 2 u/s's now where growth has been right on and good heartrates have been seen).

My question is, is there any data out there that suggests that this baby has a higher risk of having something chromosomally abnormal with he/she based SOLELY on the fact that the embryo was slow to develop in the lab or is that really a mute issue at this point since it obviously caught up to make blast, implant and now the growth of the embryo is right on track for this stage of pregnancy? I am hoping not since I doubt docs would put back 4 and 5 cell embies if that were the case, but was just wondering if I should be more concerned that normal.

Thank you for your time.
Holly

 

Dr Smith - September 5

On Day 3, the embryos should be between the 4 and 8-cell stage. So, although they were a little poky, they were within the expected variation. There is no additional risk associated with a pregnancy generated for slightly poky embryos. No wories. Congratulations.

 

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