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My Friends All Have Babies and All I Got Was This Lousy Fertilization Report

In vitro fertilization (IVF) begins with birth control and fertility drugs and ends with a fertilization report, an embryo transfer and, hopefully, a pregnancy.

If you’re experiencing the IVF process for the first time, you might be wondering what in the world is a fertilization report? After the woman undergoes an egg retrieval where eggs are extracted from her ovaries and fertilized outside the body, she can expect to receive a daily report about how many eggs actually fertilized.

Don’t be discouraged if not all embryos make it to the end. It is very common for some to die, as only the strongest and healthiest ones will survive. Expect a fertility nurse to contact you each day and let you know how your future babies are doing, and don’t be surprised if only a handful or less are still growing strong. Even if you only have one left at the end, your little guy or girl could still be fighting for a chance at life. The date of your embryo transfer heavily depends on how your embryos are developing.

For more information on embryo grading (the information contained in your fertilization report, check out Understanding Embryo Grading with Dr. Michael Opsahl of Poma Fertility.

Watch as Dr. Danielle Vitello explains the difference between a Day 3 and Day 5 embryo transfer: