Slow Embryos - what are our chances?
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kellym - November 12

Good Morning,
I am just about to have my 8th IVF transfer, all with ICSI due to male factor. To give you a quick rundown of my situation
1st IVF - 12 eggs, 9 fertilized, 2 transferred (day 3), none to freeze - chemical
2nd IVF - 6 eggs, 1 fertilized, 1 transferred (day 3) - BFN
3rd IVF - 11 eggs, 8 fertilized, 3 transferred (day 3), the rest taken to blast but didn't make it - BFN
4th IVF - 12 eggs, 7 fertilized, 4 transferred (day 3), 3 frozen - chemical
5th IVF - 11 eggs, 10 fertilized, 6 made it to blast, 3 transferred (day 5), 3 frozen - BFN
6th IVF/FET - 3 thawed blasts - BFN
7th IVF - 5 eggs, 3 fertilized, 3 poor quality embryos transferred (day 3) - BFN

So, this is my 8th IVF. They retrieved 10 eggs, 6 fertilized - on day 2, there were 4 2-cell and 2 4-cell. They are planning to do a 3 day transfer.

The other factor is that after our 6th IVF we learned that my husband has 50% sperm fragmentation so for our 7th and 8th attempts we used donor sperm. For all of our transfers we were transferring 8 or 10 cell embryos which were either grade 1 or 2 - we've never had 4 cell embryos on day three prior to using donor sperm.

I've been tested for immunlogical problems, had a HSG, etc. They keep telling me that everything is fine with me and they don't know if it is my eggs.

Would you say that my husband's sperm fragmentation impacted our success of our 1st to 6th round?

Do you think we'll have better luck this round given our embryo development on day 2.

A brutally honest opinion is welcomed because I don't want any false hope after 7 failed attempts.

 

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