Friday, February 6, 2009

Get the facts straight, people

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.

Let's summarize:
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:-)


sara said...

That woman has had 5 other pregnancies and 6 children come out of IVF... so the thought of a doctor even considering transferring 7 embryos floors me.

You have NOT had a pregnancy, so Dr. K should not be scared off by this... and certainly knows better than to transfer 7 embryos... you're only looking at transferring possibly 3-4... NOT 7! Plus... you are both well informed on what could happen!!!

Love you both!!!

Lisa said...

LOL, you stated it so much more coherently than I did! I just needed to scream it, get it out, and be done with it!

Rebekah said...

Amen!! It is driving me insane!

I don't think this story will influence your doctor. Dr. K knows your history, and it is NOTHING like Octo-mom's!

Best of luck!!

Rachel said...

I think it's funny that us infertile girls care so much but obviously the rest of the world doesn't.. even the responsible journalists! lol. but it irritates me too!

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