Like many us on this board, DH and I have been trying to conceive for years. I've been through IUI's, multiple IVF's/FET's.... All BFN. After my 2nd failed FET, my RE suggested I do Endometrial Receptivity Array (ERA) testing. I've included an article written by my RE explaining the ERA. https://www.fertilityplanit.com/era-test-finds-25-of-ivf-frozen-transfers-occur-on-wrong-day/
So back in June I prepped, as if for a transfer. On day 5 of PIO, I went to the RE for an outpatient procedure. The whole thing took about 15 min. Basically they took a large scrapping for my uterine lining. For those that have had a scratch, it was very much like that but a little longer and slightly more painful. I rested for about 10 min afterwards and then went home. Pretty simple.
Two weeks later the results from the ERA arrived and I was told that I am a day 6 transfer not day 5. This means my body is most receptive to implantation after an additional day of PIO. I was skeptical that this would really make a difference. I know many of you can appreciate this, because you've all been through something similar. Anyway, I went in for a transfer on August 14th.
Yesterday, I went for my blood test. After leaving the office, I cried the whole way to work. I was so sure it hadn't worked again. When the office called with results, I let it go to voicemail. I just couldn't hear that bad news again. So when I finally did listen to the voicemail, I was in shock. I dropped my phone because I was shaking so much. I had to listen to the message 3 times to get through it and finally be able to call them back. I finally had my BFP.
Now I know this is just the beginning. The logical side of me says that I could have a chemical, miscarry etc. But HELL, I'm pregnant. MY BODY CAN ACTUALLY GET PREGNANT. I took 3 home tests today, for the first time, just so I could see the words pregnant; see that double line.
I guess my whole point is that I'm not skeptical anymore. All of my embryos where the same quality, I didn't change my regimen for this transfer and I even kept drinking coffee throughout (I hadn't previously). I really do believe the science of the ERA is what helped me this time. I can't predict my future, but I know that I would definitely recommend this test to anyone with multiple failed transfers.
A few facts: it's not cheap about $1300. My insurance covered the RE side of it, but not the lab testing (it was sent out of the practice). OOP I paid about $800. The procedure is quick, but fairly painful. I went by myself, and while I was ok during, on the drive home I had some decent cramping and was wishing DH had been there to drive. It's a lot of prep for something minor, just to wait and then prep again. But after alllll the other waiting, it wasn't too bad. Plus the little break in btwn trying was really refreshing.
*TW* Pregnancy/Loss Mentioned
Me: 37 /PCOS DH: 37/no issues TTC: 7/13
Started with RE 12/14; 3 failed rounds of clomid, started letrozole
IUI #1 & #2- BFN
IVF #1 - 9/15 Cancelled Day 9
IVF #2- started stims 10/24 ER- 11/15 6 eggs- 5 fertilized/ 1 frozen
FET #1 -1 embryo-12/9/15- BFN
IVF #3- started stims 1/22/16 ER- 2/8 33 eggs(!)- 21 mature, all 21 fertilized - 6 snowflakes!
FET #2- 2 embryos- April 4th-BFN
ERA-June 8- results show need 12 addt'l hours of PIO
FET #3- 2 embryos transferred August 14,2016 BFP! on 8/24! Beta #1-22 Beta #2-83 Beta #3-368
Confirmed singleton-Heartbeat on 9/19-160bpm! EDD: May 1, 2017, It's a girl!!
Pre-term labor/loss-stillborn at 18w.
FET #4- 1 embryo-Aug 12th-BFP on 8/23 Beta #1-112 Beta #2-298 Beta #3-1010
Confirmed Identicals!- Heartbeats seen on 9/8 Miscarriage on 9/18
FET #5- 1 embryo- 1/12/18-BFN
Lots of testing and finally determined I have elevated natural killer cells. Will begin prednisone and IVL treatment before next round.
IVF#4- April 2018 8 eggs, 7 fertilized/3 frozen
FET #6- 1 embryo- 6/11/18- BFP on 6/21 Beta #1-446, Beta #2-1841
Confirmed singleton- 6/29/18 HB-157 EDD: February 22, 2019. It's a Boy!