Blastocysts and Pregnancy Success
I had been feeling discouraged about our chances for success with our two remaining blastocysts at the clinic in Canada. Semi-desperate to speak with our Canadian doctor, I tried to get a phone appointment, but his assistant told me he didn’t have an opening for two weeks…
In response to my last post, Lauri de Brito, from Global IVF, emailed me to share information about Lovenox, a version of heparin that is sometimes used to help prevent miscarriage, and to offer moral support. It was so heartening to hear her story about her own infertility struggles. I realized how isolated I’ve felt and also realized how important it is to share our stories.
After emailing Lauri my concerns about the viability of our remaining blastocysts, she offered to see if a doctor she works with, Dr Wilcox of Huntington Reproductive Center in Pasadena, might be willing to speak with me. Dr Wilcox called me the very next day and was very generous with his time and patiently replied to my many questions. When I told him our story and how we had to ship our embryos to Canada instead of the USA because of FDA rules again US clinics transferring embryos that have not been created in non-FDA approved labs, he explained that it actually is possible by sending an FDA kit. I wish I had known!
Dr Wilcox’s advice was to thaw both our two embryos and our one morula and transfer the two best. So, it’s back to Canada we go for one last try with this donor. I am going to wait a full cycle to let my body rebalance after the fertility medications so we’ll be headed back up in October.
In the meantime, I find myself back on the research track for starting again with a new donor. It gives me hope and keeps me from fretting too much about whether our blastocysts in Canada are viable.
We’re considering Institute of Reproduction and Genetics Hospital Galenia (IREGA) in Cancun. My husband, who absolutely loves travel and relishes every second in an airplane, wants to go back to South Africa. I do feel a fondness for South Africa, but the thought of the long flight does not appeal to me.