Our 7 week ultrasound scan is done and dusted marking another milestone. Being a typical bloke, I had no idea what to expect but had seen other peoples pictures on Facebook from “scans”. Admittedly I was a little disappointed to see just a “sack” on the ultrasound until something crazy happened.
A small white dot appeared, then vanished, reappeared, vanished. It was proof that this little black blob had a heartbeat that was beating perfectly in time and on the ultrasound scan looked like a very small light bulb was being turned on and off.
Today we headed off to have our IVF eggs transferred back, hopeful that “third time lucky” will come true for us. We already know that 8 of the eggs have made it thus far, and they’re looking pretty good. We headed straight in, knowing what to do and in what order. On went the gowns. On went the shoe nets. On went the hair net (which is odd for someone who is follicly challenged) and off we went into the lab with its UV lights.
Grading The Blasts
Before getting to this stage we’d already discussed and agreed between us to have 2 eggs put back to give us more chance, however when we were told of the results, a 20 minute conversation with two embryologists while legs were akimbo was had.
Seeing your wife being wheeled in to an operating theatre is not a nice experience. Knowing that 10 minutes after she’s disappeared from view you’ll be asked by a middle aged nurse to follow her to the “Masturbatorium” where she points out the wet wipes and a whole range of Paul Raymond literature doesn’t do much for your nerves either! Anyway, under a huge amount of pressure I had to produce a “sample” which any IVF dad will tell you is an experience which an small unfortunate few, will have to endure, and one I’d not wish on anyone.
But wait… it doesn’t stop there!
Failure to produce a sample will result in “Assisted Sperm Removal”. Although this sounds like an interesting route, once you understand that “Assisted Sperm Removal” involves a large needle into one of your nuts in order to extract your little swimmers, you soon blank your mind and get to work!