Wednesday, June 09, 2010

1st IVF a flop

Dee started spotting on the 12th day after her (1st) transfer. The bleeding got worse and it became evident that the first IVF was unsuccessful. They did, however, get 6 embryos that were good enough to freeze. Sometimes, even when everything's perfect, it just. doesn't. work. She's taking it in stride and will try again as soon as they'll let her (not sure if a fresh or frozen cycle, although if I were the one making the decision - and turning 40 next month - I'd opt for another fresh cycle & save the frozen ones for later).

On another topic, I've met a few people who are surprised that IVF dates as far back as it does. When I say my daughter (who'll be 17 in October) is an IVF baby, I sometimes get surprised responses... Having gone through it then and having recently followed the process - it has barely changed. The process itself, the day of transfer, the post-transfer treatment and even the success rates (I'm sure they must be somewhat higher, but even then they were in the 20-25% range). The biggest change is probably how often ICSI is used and the fact that clinics are transferring fewer embryos. 4 embryos was the standard in Israel then. Now, I think it's 2.


Leah Goodman said...

First successful IVF baby was born the same year I was, 1978.
32 years.

punchanella said...

i'm so sorry to hear your first cycle didn't work. i know how disappointing that is.

are you sure you don't want to give the frozens a whirl? yes, your best chance is with a fresh transfer, but a frozen transfer is non-invasive and quick... they might just work; i see it happen all the time.

best of luck.

Bea said...

I'm with you. At forty - bank and go fresh again. But of course, these are very personal decisions.

Pass on my condolences on the cycle.

I think IVF is a lot more commonly heard of these days. If the clinics are getting the same stats with half the embryos (??) then that's an amazing increase in success rates, for a start. The process hasn't changed much, but some of the tweaks have made a good difference - different freezing techniques meaning greater % thawed, for eg. This one doesn't come out in the % success/transfer stat, but it makes a big difference to the cumulative stats. I do agree that the biggest bounds happened further than 17 years ago, though - you look at stats from the 80's and they're only getting 10% success rates in ideal patients.

It has also become more affordable in most parts of the world. But I think there's a degree to which people are more willing to admit to IVF. When it was new it was relatively controversial (as all new things, including vaccinations, for example), and couples would keep quieter. These days it is widely accepted as a legitimate treatment, and couples will admit to it more easily. Still a ways to go, of course.