I have avoided commenting about the recent octuplet birth until now. I've done a good job of not reading articles, listening to interviews/reports, etc. However, I am FLOORED at the inaccuracies that the media is promoting (and that octoplet mom doesn't seem to correct).
She did NOT have 7 embryos IMPLANTED. She had 7 embryos TRANSFERRED. Big difference, big big difference.
If all of our embryos had been implanted, we would be on our way to having five kids. We TRANSFERRED 2 for our fresh IVF cycle, and TRANSFERRED 3 for our FET. None of them implanted...hence the reason I am NOT pregnant.
I found the following definitions on wikipedia.
Embryo transfer refers to a step in the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) whereby one or several embryos are placed into the uterus of the female with the intent to establish a pregnancy.
Implantation is an event that occurs early in pregnancy in which the embryo adheres to the wall of uterus.
Transfer = intent to establish pregnancy
Implant = adherance to wall of of uterus
This latest media frenzy isn't the first time "implanted" has been used incorrectly. There was a Law and Order episode in the last few years that did the same thing. You pay that much to produce an epidode of a wildly popular TV drama and can't get the facts straight??? I don't get it.
I realize that most people who read this blog know this. But I just had to get it off my chest. Plus, who knows....maybe I helped educate someone.
I am also secretly afraid that this octuplet birth (and transfer of 7 embryos) will scare Dr. K into changing her mind about transferring 3 for us. Dan and I know the risks well, have talked about it, feel comfortable with our decision and continue to be willing to transfer 3. Honestly? If 4 looked good on day of ET...I'd go for it.
OK...off my soapbox for the day:-)