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#1 Dancerchick

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 02:59 PM

I currently have 3 embryos in the blast stage and 1 in the morula stage. It is my understanding that stem cells are extracted from embryos in the blast stage. I was wondering if it is possible to extract stem cells from embryos in the morula stage.

I will be undergoing a frozen transfer soon. My RE has suggested that all 4 be thawed. If they all survive the thaw, then I will only be transferring the three blasts. If stem cells can be extracted from the morula, then I would like to refreeze it and have the option of donating it for stem cell research.
Me: 36, DH: 39
TTC using fertility awareness method since 5/09
First fertility clinic appt: 10/09
ICSI #1 (antagonist protocol with menopur, bravelle, ganirelix): 6/11/10
ER (7 out of 10 eggs mature): 6/21/10
ET (Transferred 2 grade A, 8 cell embryos): 6/24/10
12dp3dt: BFN
BFN confirmed by clinic on 7/9/10 :(

ICSI #2 (antagonist protocol with menopur, gonal-f, ganirelix):
AF: 8/16/10
Started stims 8/17/10
ER 8/27/10
13 eggs retrieved, 11 mature, 8 fertilized normally
ET 9/1/10
Transferred 2 blasts (both 4AB)
10dp5dt: BFP!
Beta #1: 93
Beta #2: 56 m/c
3 frozen blasts, 1 frozen morula

FET #1
Transferred 3 blasts (4AB, 4BB, early blast) on 2/7/11
BFP that ended in another m/c