Hello, I have been researching the internet looking for research and success stories over the past 12 hours and came across this forum... thinking I need a little help in the encouragement department at the moment and thought this site could help me. My partner and I are a few months in to our IVF journey - I had my first egg retrieval on December 24th and had felt fairly hopeful on the result until yesterday...
Out of 13 eggs (10 were mature), we were able to get 4 embryos. We want to try and have multiple babies so we felt doing a subsequent egg retrieval before attempting our first embryo transfer would probably be our best course of action, so I set-up a review call with our fertility doctor. This call occurred yesterday and we found out that our embryos developed slowly; became blastocysts on day 6 versus the expected 5. My partner asked the doctor if based on our embryo gradings, would he expect us to have a successful pregnancy, he said 'no'... without much more explanation than that. I left the call feeling discouraged and not fully understanding what this all meant.
In my researching the internet, I have found out that although slow growing embryos reduces the likelihood of a successful pregnancy, the chances are not zero, which is were my mindset was yesterday. It also seems to suggest that your chances are better with frozen embryos versus fresh.
Has anyone had experience with slow growing embryos? What was the result?