Thursday, November 8, 2012

Update on our frozen embryos

You may recall a few months back that I posted here about our plan for the four frozen embryos we had in storage at St. Mungo's, given that we did not intend to use them ourselves.  We finalized our agreement to donate the embryos to the couple I wrote about in that post not too long after I wrote the post, and our (now their) embryos were overnighted from St. Mungo's to the intended mother's clinic in another part of the country.

Because of various (frustrating) delays for the intended mother, including cysts, a hysteroscopy, and one slightly subpar lining, these embryos had remained frozen until the day before Halloween, when it was finally the right time for them to be transferred.  Sadly, the first two embryos thawed did not survive with sufficient quality intact to be used, but the couple then chose to thaw the last two remaining embryos, and they survived and were transferred.

I got an email from the intended mother yesterday letting me know that she'd taken 4(!) HPTs (we can all relate, right?), and they were all positive, so she is pregnant!  She'd had a suspicion because of increasing symptoms: heartburn, nausea, dry skin, and fatigue.  (Those all sound familiar to me, though I don't recall having them pre-beta.)

Her first beta is tomorrow, and they are hoping for twins.

MM and I are so happy and excited for them.  It will be really great if our gift helps them become parents.

While at work this morning, I did have one funny fleeting thought: this woman who received our donated embryos is pregnant with my husband's child or children!  That sounds weird when I think of it that way, so I put the thought out of my mind.  LOL

Anyway, just wanted to share the good news here.  :-)

10 comments:

  1. So wonderful of you to give such a precious gift to another couple.

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  2. We have 12 frozen embryos and we are not sure what we will do with them. As of right now we are not planning on more children, but plans can change... Donation has been a discussion-how did you meet/find the person you donated them to? Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What an amazing gift you gave them!

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  4. Wow, that's wonderful news! If our IVF plans had worked out, my first choice with any leftover embryos was to donate them. What a great feeling that must be to help someone else overcome infertility!

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  5. Wow, amazing S. that must make you feel great!

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  6. Awesome news, what a gift. I am sure she is forever grateful and that you will be connected for life. Here's hoping for twins!!!

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  7. This story is amazingly beautiful! Thank you so much for giving your embryos a chance at life! You are so, so generous beyond words...

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  8. That is so kind of you, too cool for words! I hope it works out for her. She must be so grateful for your beautiful gift!

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  9. That is the ultimate gift. You are just amazing!

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  10. That is awesome. Such an incredible gift!!

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