love, life, and the pursuit of liberation
Tonight, the wife and I went to our IVF orientation class. Right when we walked in, we noticed another black lesbian couple and that made us smile. The room was filled with 17 couples eager (and apprehensive) about learning just how this ttc game was going to change for them. I felt a bit ahead of the curve, since 1) I’ve been with this RE practice for a year now 2) I’m already in the near the home stretch of my IVF cycle while everyone else is at the start of their 3 month journey. Even still, I learned some important and interesting information.
— Neither one of is a smoker, but we learned that if a woman smokes, it cuts her IVF success rate in HALF. That is huge, considering that the best odds to begin with are 50%. Male smokers also have decreased success rates. Something to chew on.
— If you have PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) and find no abnormalities, your success rate for implantation drops to a whopping 70%. OH EM GEE. However, the cost for such testing is 3-4K.
— Your success rates per cycle look like this: In a given cohort of patients, 50% of them will have achieved pregnancy in the first cycle. By cycle 2, 75% of them will have achieved pregnancy. By cycle 3, 88% of them will have achieved pregnancy. It levels off after that.
All of these numbers give me hope, though I know it can be a double edged sword. The only number that matters is 100- It can either 100% work for you or 100% not work. I’m banking on the working for me side. Regardless, in about 3 cycles, I’ll have closure.
note to self: CD1