Not as smoothly as it started
Fast forward to November 2020 when we were referred for IVF:
Our funding was approved right away, we started our protocol on 6th February with egg collection on 22nd and a fresh embryo transfer on 27th. Everything went so smoothly, the stims, the scans. The clinic collected 12 good eggs but at this point, when my partner gave his sample, they found a protein in his sperm which causes it to stick together meaning his body doesn’t recognise it as sperm but as a foreign body. (This would have been caused by a trauma pre-adolescence.)
The embryologist advised 50% sperm agglutination would be classed as an issue, and Mark was at 47%, so the embryologists did ICSI anyway – just to be on the safe side. Seven of the 12 eggs fertilised and five made it to day five blastocysts.
We had three A Grade embryos, one B Grade and one C grade.