Tuesday, 25 February 2014
1 or 2
So today we met with Dr. Gustofson instead of Dr. Schoolcraft.
I am happy we met with him. He was so personable. He even smiled-more than once! Dr. S is just really laid back and kind of nonchalant. I've heard him described by another blogger as a cool cucumber, and I agree. Dr. G was laid back, but in a different, more warm way.
Some key information from our visit:
- He says we have an 85% chance of a positive pregnancy test if we transfer two high quality embryos.
- Transferring 2 has a 40-50% chance of twins.
- Twin pregancies have a 10-15% chance of complications, including lifelong problems or death for babies, due to the risk of prematurity.
- Transferring 1 has a 65-75% chance of success.
- He recommends 1, however 1 or 2 is our choice. They only need to know 5 minutes before transfer.
- 70% of couples choose to transfer 2.
- The cost of a FET including our travel and meds would be between $6-8k.
- Chance of a miscarriage is less than 5% with donor eggs. This doesn't change much with the intended mother's age. They don't see an increased risk of miscarriage because of my history with miscarriage (CCRM attributes them to embryo quality).
- He said the risks of pregnancy complications don't increase dramatically each year. At my age (34), he said risks of pregnancy start really increasing in 7-8 years.
- We asked about transferring 1 higher quality and 1 lower. He said they won't do that. This is because the research is showing if you lose 1 of the 2 babies then the remaining one doesn't do as well.
We went in there thinking we'd transfer 2. Now we're both on the fence. The chance of twins and complications are much higher than expected.
Looks like we've got some thinking to do over the next couple of days.