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13 Blastocysts in 1!

Updated: Oct 11, 2020

At Childress Nursing Services (CNS), we celebrate our clients achievements. It is well-known in the infertility community that a woman's chances of conceiving over the age of 35 years become increasing difficult. In fact, age is the number one factor in #IVF or any other fertility treatment success. The higher the age, the lower the chances. As a result, many women over the age of 35 who are looking to become pregnant through fertility treatments get discouraged with the age data.

BUT, at CNS, our CNS Storks (home health fertility nurses) aim to help our clients get as many viable eggs / oocytes as possible on their #ttc, trying to conceive journey - through administering fertility home injections and in-home support with medication, symptom management, and emotional support. It is normal for us to see well above average egg retrieval numbers in our clients who utilize our home injection services for their entire stimulation cycle, and 13 frozen blastocysts in 1 stimulation cycle is no easy feat! So, we congratulate our clients on their achievement and praise our #CNSstorks for delivering, yet again, record-breaking results.

Why is having 13 viable blastocysts after 5 days of embryonic development so important? For one, the average number of eggs retrieved is about 8 -14, and it is common to see about 1/2 of all embryos stop growing after 3 days, which means an even lower number of viable embryos available for egg transfer. Second, women over the age of 35 years or advanced maternal age are at a higher risk of becoming poor responders (low count of oocytes retrieved after stimulation). A low response = less eggs retrieved = less embryos available for transfer = decreased chances of getting pregnant.

Along with maternal age being one of the main factors in poor responders, according to the Center for Human Reproduction, there are many reasons a woman could be a "poor responder" to fertility treatment to include:

  1. insufficient preparation of ovaries

  2. too little ovarian stimulation, i.e., medication dosages not high enough

  3. the wrong kind of ovarian stimulation

  4. poor injection techniques

  5. obesity

In addition to these 5 reasons, we also believe that a woman's stress levels and mismanagement of symptoms also contribute to a low a egg production. While it is up to the fertility/reproductive clinic (and finding the right practitioner for you is important) to take care of reasons 1-3, your CNS Storks will help assist you with reasons 4 and 5, as well as teach you in-the-moment relaxing techniques and help to manage your symptoms related to hormone injections.

In fact, our record-breaking client (in the +37 age category) gave our home injection service a 5 star review in the quality of home care received. Both she and her significant other reported being less stressed, "don't know how other people do it without you" and grateful for the home injection support through a very difficult process.

Childress Nursing Services (CNS) is a home health company and mobile clinical laboratory licensed by the state of Washington. If you or a loved one is looking for home injection support in the Greater Seattle, Washington metro area, then check us out at

These t-shirt designs can be purchased from our upcoming CNS Store.

*Percentage of all store proceeds goes to our CNS Community Impact Program's mission to promote infertility awareness, maternity education, point-of-care testing and scholarship fund for clients requesting our home care services.

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