IVF: Egg Collection Day and ICSI

I didn’t actually have to take the medications and the injection for that long – from memory it was about 2 weeks worth. They created a “friendlier” environment for the future embryo and made my body created more eggs for the first big milestone: Egg Collection Day.

We sat nervously at the clinic and I didn’t really know what to expect. I mean I kind of knew from all the research I did but it was hard to imagine it REALLY happening to me. Like now. For real.

We were led to a small room and a very friendly nurse came in to have a chat about the process. She sent my husband away to collect his sperm, and she sat down to put the line into my arm. Except that it was so hard to actually find my vein she had to ask someone else to try again. Another nurse came in and had a go – no luck. This wasn’t really news to me as most people did have trouble finding my vein in the past. So for each blood test I usually ended up getting poked around many times. Soon my room was filled with 4 different nurses discussing how hard it was to find it and they’ve decided to give me heaps of heat packs and blankets to warm me up for the specialist to do it instead.

I changed into a hospital gown and walked into the theatre, tand ried my best not to be nervous. My hands were shaking a little and I felt rather tense. The specialist managed to put the line in, and gave me something “to take the butterfly off”, he said. It worked well. He was friendly and chatty, which eased my anxiousness as well. My husband was there to hold my hand. I purposely didn’t look at the instrument that he had to use to collect the eggs (I’m not going to describe it here!!!). It collected the eggs and transfer them straight into the lab.  It was quite uncomfortable, the specialist talked me through the whole thing and I tried to focused on his voice instead. The process took about 20 minutes.

The scientists at the lab were to examine the eggs and to perform ICSI. They came into my waiting room soon after and said that I had:

18 eggs collected, and
12 were of a good size,
5 ICSI performed successfully

This was a good result given that this was our first round.

Now we waited for the embryos to grow for a few days. I tried to stay as calm as I could and kept myself occupied with other things (of course googling about this was one of the things I did).

I knew the statistics and told myself, one day at a time.

A few days later we got the call – we have TWO successful embryos!!!!

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