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slow growing embryos. Will they catch up?

Hi everyone

My history is that I've had 4 miscarriages in the last 2 years (conceived naturally).

I have a low egg reserve around 5 so chose to do Ivf to get pregnant as soon as possible and possibly diagnose an egg/ embryo quality problem.

I managed to get 7 eggs, 4 fertilised. Had a call on day 3 to say all 4 were not at the stage they'd hoped / growing slowly and high chance may not make day 5 blastocyst.

Has anyone had a similar experience?

i find out tomorrow anyway but I'm curious to know if anyone has had this and what the possible cause is.

Thanks xx

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Hello, sorry to hear you're going through this. I recognise it from my first cycle. Sadly no good outcome of that one... 8 eggs, 5 fertilised, but all with cleaning and fragmentation issues so had none left to transfer. They kept leaving them for just one more day (until day 6) hoping they'd catch up even though minute chance. Sadly they didn't.

They thought egg maturity could be a problem, so they changed the drugs for the second cycle. Went from long to short protocol, changed stimulation drugs and had double trigger. Got 15 eggs, 8 high quality blasts of which the first put back made me pregnant (13 weeks now), and still have the other 7 in freezer.

I know my first cycle was a disaster and I hope yours will be different. But if it isn't, and they tell you that the next round will be different because they've learned from it, do believe them! I struggled but have to give them the credit now!

Hope it all ends well for you, the sooner and with least suffering, the better! Thinking of you...

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Yes, with my first ivf... I was advised to transfer at day 3, which I did... my little boy will turn 3 at the end of this months 🤗 if they are not developing as the doctors expect, then I do believe the best place for them is inside... sending you all my positive energy 🌈🌈🌈🌈

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Hi think30. Just hoping that you had some good news today. remember that years ago before blastocyst transfer came in, we transferred many embryos at Day 2 or 3 and still got lots of successful pregnancies. Good luck and I'm thinking of you. Diane


thank you all so much for your replies and support.

Just to update you, I did get an embryo!!

It was put back today so officially in the 2ww. praying desperately it works out this time

Another of the 4 embryos was still growing today, so they are going to take it to day 6 and possibly freeze if it's good enough xxx

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So pleased to hear you managed to get one for transfer and possibly a second to freeze! Good Luck with the 2ww xx

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Thanks lovely x


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