[QUOTE=theburmese]Thanks Brigala. Did all your embryos make it through the thawing process? I’ve heard that is difficult, so that’s why I planned on doing both at once.[/QUOTE]
It just depends, and you probably need to talk to your clinic about it.
We were donated a batch of six embryos at one clinic. Out of those, they had to thaw three to get one survivor for our first transfer (my daughter) and the other three were thawed for the second transfer and only one survived (but didn’t make a pregnancy). BUT - when we had our first transfer, the embryologist commented to us that they had a “poor thaw rate” for embryos created in the lab that batch had come from. That was why she thawed three to begin with; she didn’t expect them all to survive thaw. Since it was an anonymous donation I have no idea where they came from. They said their thaw rate for embryos [I]they[/I] created was about 90%-95%.
I’ve had very different results with our second batch of donated embryos. This time our donor had 9 embryos and divided them up between two couples. I got five and the other couple got four. I’ve had two transfers at the clinic where they were created, and the other half of the embryos were shipped to the other recipient couple in a different state. So far, all those embryos have had a 100% thaw rate as far as I know; I’ve had three embryos transferred and last I checked the other recipient had transferred two - and ALL of them have survived thaw (but haven’t created a pregnancy).
So that’s my experience and all it really shows is that there’s no hard and fast rules. Check with the clinic where your embryos are stored and talk to your RE and find out what their thaw rate is.