I have a friend IRL who is doing a DE cycle. She's not the "board type" so I offered to post her fert/transfer results and hopefully get some words of encouragement from my virtual friends who are so wonderful here on the board .
So here's the deal: she did a shared cycle and ended up with 5 embies. They did a day 3 transfer of three 7-cells, no fragmentation, but the other two had already arrested. She's so upset, thinking that those other two already being gone doesn't bode well for the three inside her. She's also upset that they were 7 cells and not 8. The RE said there is really no difference between 6-8 cells on day 3, but she doesn't believe him. He also said that the two that died are a separate "story" from the three that were doing well at time of transfer. I saw pics of the embies and they do look beautiful but she's inconsolable. She's done a couple of fresh DE cycles before (one that resulted in her daughter) and she never ends up with frozens, but in her words, "at least on day 3 the other embies were still being WATCHED. These 2 already died!"
Can those of you with similar stories that turned out well, please share to encourage her? She's in a really bad place right now (I know many of you can relate). Thanks so much in advance for your help!! Best to everyone,
Look at the first response from 'Mrs A' about stats compiled from her clinic on the number of cells in an embryo and success rates, for all age groups. There is very little difference between a 7 cell and 8 cell as far as overall success rates.
http://www.network54.com/Forum/209394/t ... ng+post%29
Ya, I feel for your friend though, I would not be very happy either that the others arrested. I have personally not had good luck with anything less than 8 cells, frankly (BFNs and m/c), with success from an 8 cell. The data on the 7 vs 8 cells surprised me (based on my bitter personal experience) and hopefully will be encouraging for your friend. Does she know the embryology result from the other couple in the split cycle?