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    hi kotare and baby-amore and thanks for your lovely messages.

    BA congrats on your twins, it is so nice to hear your story and it helps put any stat into perspective i reckon. best of luck with your double munchkins

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    you will be in my for a BFP whatever way it comes !

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    Default how many embryos should you transfer? 1 vs 2

    Hi everyone

    I really need some advice....

    I had my first stim cycle in September 2006. I had 8 eggs collected, 6 fertilised and 4 survived to 5 day old blastocysts. The first transfer was 1 fresh - no success. I then had two more frozen cycles with no success. A fourth frozen cycle was cancelled becuase the embryo didn't survive after the thaw.

    I started my second stim cylce recently, and had my egg collection today...9 eggs this time.

    All through my treatment and sessions with my specialist, he has said that I should stick to transfering 1 embryo at a time because I am still young (33 next week) and that multiple pregnancies are more risky. He also said that transfering more than one embryo doesn't increase the chances of preganacy.

    I have done some research lately and I have read that transfering more than 1 embryo does increase your chances, and not only that, when you use a frozen embryo you decrease your chances for that cylce by 30%. I was astonished by this figure (I got it off the Melbourne IVF web site).

    It does make sense that fresh would be better

    Does anyone have any advice, or experiences that could assist me in my discussions with my specialist? I am really torn about what I should be asking for?

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    have no idea hun im sorry, but just wanted to wish you all the very best

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    hi mary

    i asked the BB folk the same question several months back. my thread and SarahH's thread (linked in my thread) here may be able to help you.

    best of luck with the decision and congrats on the EPU today. nice result

    dusty

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    Hi Mary,

    Wish I could wave a wand and give you a magic answer. I think you need to follow your gut feel and intuition, but also be realistic, ie. what if you do fall with twins (what a blessing huh!).
    All the best and hope to hear what you decide upon.

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    hi there
    i have had 1 and two tranferred
    when i had two tranferred i had twins who are now nealy 5. Although i love my twins and wouldn't have it any other way , having twins does impact your life alot more and there are alot more risks carrying and delivering twins. The stats for prem-births, health problems, and even the rate of divorce is higher than it is for singletons
    It is up to you if you are prepared to take those risks. At that stage of our life we were prepared to take those risks, and although we they were prem and i was really crook, we wouldn't have it any other way
    However, since their birth we have only had one put back as we are not prepare to take those risks again and it wouldn't be fair on our twins if the same set of cards was dealt to us again.
    good luck with your cycle and good luck with your decision. IVF success rates are just that -rates.

    It success is really just like a roll of a dice whether it works or not. My FS told me that at the moment they are getting most of their BFP now from FET, so stats and circumstances change all the time.
    if you have any questions please feel free to ask away
    good luck
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    I had a friend a few years ago have 2 put back and guess what happened....one split and became identicle twins....so she ended up with triplets. She wouldnt have it any other way now thats its happened but the complications she had during the pregnancy were enormous and the 1st 2 years of the triplets life was as you can imagine hectic to say the least. So thats something to keep in mind as well
    Claire

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    yep higher chance of egg splitting and ID twins with ISIC pg that naturally conceived pg. They are not sure why but that is what the data is telling them
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    I don't have to face this decision because of my blood disorder - my FS will not do 2 because if they did both take - the stress twins would put on my body during the pregnancy is very high and he is worried about it.

    In a way I am kind of glad because I can say that it one less thing for me to worry about. I thought about it alot at the beginning of my IVF journey as it does come up and it quite a big and tough decision to make. My 3rd time I started to wonder if I should to 2 this time and when I had finally came to the decision that I would I ask for 2 and then let it be whatever it was going to be, the decision was made!

    Talk to your FS and ask everything under the sun that you can think to ask and take the information anyway with you. Then ask yourself in a moment when its quiet and you are relaxed and see what your heart says - if 1 or 2 feels right or wrong.
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    MaryT,

    actually recent advances in IVF technology has closed the gap between success rates for single and double embryo transfers, and you have almost as much chance of falling pg with 1 embryo as with 2 nowadays. Also because you are young and have only had a 2 transfers previously, and you're doing a blast transfer, I would perhaps take your doctor's advice this time. You are not yet classed as having issues with failure to implant, so you're taking a big risk of twins with a double blast transfer. Hopefully you'll fall soon and then it will be a moot issue, but if that doesn't happen, transferring two embryos is still something you can do in latter cycles.

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    Thanks to all of you for your words of encouragement and advice.

    I think that you can drive yourself crazy by "researching" options related to IVF - and the truth is, you can't beat advice from people that have been through it before or are going through it themselves!

    Dusty, I found your thread after I posted mine...it was helpful, thanks.

    I think I will stick with 1 at a time ... at least until I exhaust all of my frosties from this stim cycle. Then I have no doubt I will be asking myself the same question again.

    I have my blast transfer scheduled for Tuesday - so off to the two week wait thread soon!

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    Hi MaryT

    good luk with transfer on Tuesday!!!! sticky vibes for you...

    i am 32 and always had 1 put back in. it took 3 transfers 1 fresh 2 frozen, but it has finally worked. mine were all blasties too. i think as you have agreed to try one at a time. you do have quite a few snowbubs.

    anyway best wishes

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    Hi Mary T,
    I too went through that dilemma on the last cycle - and ended up just transferring one little & lucky embryo

    due to my age I could have 2 embryos put back and I was adament that I was going to transfer the 2 however just before transfer my Dr convinced me that putting back only 1 was the best thing to do.....she basically scared me out of having more than 1 put back (ie splitting of the embryo, premature birth, birth defects etc)

    At the end of the day I just wanted a healthy baby .....

    I really think that it is a personally choice and you should follow your instincts & heart.

    All the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by odette View Post
    My FS told me that at the moment they are getting most of their BFP now from FET, so stats and circumstances change all the time.
    That's very interesting, Odette. That's the first time I've heard that.

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    yeah Rols it surprised me but my FS Dr Mc Bain told me that last time I saw him after i got a BFP from a FET
    I thought that most would come from fresh cycles - but apparently not so!
    hopefully we both get success from our FET this time hey- just to keep up with the trend!!!
    odette

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