Tuesday, February 15, 2011

1 or 2?

How many embryos do you transfer? What do you consider when you make this decision?

I used to think- just follow the direction of the RE. He'll decide. And the more I think about it, the more things I find will factor into this decision. So here is what I'm considering so far...

1. The guidance and opinion of my RE. Clearly- this is important. He's the one with all the experience here. He will be able to help us based on the quality of my eggs, and then our embryos to decide how many to transfer. This will be a bit of a game day decision based on Fertilization Rates.

2. We're 100% Out of Pocket. So that means this may be our only shot at this. Our one chance at not only having one child, but really our only chance at having more than one. So do we put 2 back just so we have an increased chance of having more than one child? We were told that about 1/3 of couples will have embryos to freeze after a fresh cycle. Do we just cross our fingers and hope for frosties??

3. Twins are scary. I don't mean twins are scary on the outside (which I'm sure they are...) but twin pregnancy's are scary. They are high risk and can be complicated. I also have questions about this because I had gastric bypass. Can I nutritionally support a twin pregnancy?

4. Money. We will never have enough money. 1 or 2 kids aside- We'll never have enough. But it is something to consider. Can we afford twins and all that comes with that??

So there is a lot to consider- I'm positive that there will be other factors involved. More decisions to make.


  1. hey Kathy - it's jb2rn from the bump. Such a hard decision to make! I can't tell you what to do, but just offer support during these difficult (yet exciting) choices.

  2. ((hugs)) I know you'renot looking for us to answer your questions. I know what I would do, which isn't necessarily good for you. I hope you make your decisions soon and that it's not too stressful for you.