Dear Dr. Ramirez:
I've just recently gone through my 5th IVF Cycle. Yesterday at retrieval they got 11 eggs but said that 6 of them were empty. The embryologist called today to say that none of the eggs fertilized and they are not sure what is going on. To give you a brief synopsis of my history:I'm 33, my husband is 46. We have been together for 6+ years. I was first diagnosed with blocked tubes back in 2005. I had bilateral tubal repair which successfully opened both tubes. Since I did not get pregnant we moved to IUI, which most of those got cancelled due to relationship difficulties. In 2008 I had a chemical pregnancy using donor sperm. My RE didn't count it because my AF started the next day after the beta. We then found out that my husband had a low sperm count. He was not tested prior to this because he has a child from a previous relationship years ago.
We did our first IVF in May 2008 with the transfer of 3 day 3 embryos. I conceived on this first attempt. However, my son was stillborn when I was 25 weeks along. We don't know the reason why because an autopsy was not performed. All I know is that I had an amnio at about 19 weeks and things were never quite the same after that. After meeting with my RE a month later he said we could try again soon because I have a high FSH which normally measures around 10 or so. The last two cycles my FSH was 9.9 and 8.8. We have done 4 IVF cycles in 2009 and all have failed.
1/09--bcp for 1 week, lupron, follistim 450, and menopur 150. 5 Eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized only one made it to day 3 transfer. Result=BFN3/09--same protocal as above, retrieved around the same amount of eggs but none fertilized.
I hope this helps,
Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program