Something rotten in Denmark...or in embryology lab?
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wannabeadad - June 15

I am a single 46 year old male. I have been saving for years to start a family and finally decided to pursue having biological children through an egg donor and surrogate. My egg donor is 20; my surrogate is 38 with proven IVF success. The practice I am working with retrieved 16 eggs from the donor after a relatively short course of stimulation meds (due to apparent concerns over hyperstimulation). Six of the eggs were immature; eight fertilized. On day five I had two blasts and six morulas. We implanted the two blasts, although the surrogate's uterine lining had not responded well to high doses of estrogen; the lining was only 8 on the day of implantation and the doctor had to aspirate "bad" mucus from the uterus on the two days leading up to transfer.

On day 6, I had no embryos left to freeze. Apparently they did not progress beyond the morula stage. This is a tremendous disappointment, not to mention an expensive one, and my doctor has no answers for me as to why none of the embryos got to blast stage.

My questions are: What are the possible explanations for why the embryos did not progress?

What are the possible explanations for my surrogate's uterine lining issues? She is convinced that the problem occurred because we went straight into the cycle after her Mirena IUD was removed with no lag time. We do not yet know if she is pregnant, but we have been told not to be optimistic due to the lining issues. I was told the blasts we transferred were "good" quality, but no additional details were provided.

Thank you so much for your time and assistance.

 

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