This afternoon I spoke with the embryologist. She said that three of the embryos are showing significant degrees of fragmentation; the other two are doing well. She went as far as to offer me the option of doing a 3-day transfer tomorrow (as in, we might not have anything to transfer on day 5). It is 100% certain that we will have nothing to freeze.
Having previously done more research on this than I care to admit (I've also had both a 3-day and a 5-day transfer), I decided to take a chance and grow them out to 5-day blasts. The risk of course is that we’ll have nothing to transfer. That said, many REs believe that if embryos don’t make it to day five, they weren’t healthy enough to result in a pregnancy anyway, so basically you’re just getting the bad news earlier. If we have a blast to transfer, the chances are better that we’re putting back a good quality embryo.
After I got off the phone with the embryologist, I was rather upset, so I left a message for Dr. Fabulous, highlighting the conversation I’d just had. She called me back within minutes (have I mentioned how much I adore her). Upon listening to my message, she immediately spoke with the embryologist and based on their conversation, agreed that I’m doing the right thing (hoping to get to blast stage). We talked for a bit and she said to call back anytime if I need to talk, so sweet. She also promised to check on the embryos and call if there are any significant changes. Otherwise, I’ll hear from embryology on Friday and schedule transfer for Saturday. Dr. Fabulous will be at the clinic on Saturday, too. At least if there’s really bad news, I’ll be in good hands.
Please pray, think good thoughts or whatever you do. Thank you.