I was reading through your blog and saw that you completed a seventh cycle, but earlier you said that your doctors said it was only safe to do six cycles. Did something change or did new research show more cycles were okay? I thought six was the magic number, so I’m just curious as to what happened to that.
Yup, six cycles is the standard maximum–but, not for “safety” reasons, per se. I had a situation where I’d completed 3 cycles for the same family–one direct transfer of eggs, and the other two were frozen cycles, where the eggs went on ice until the couple was ready for more children. When it came time to have their 3rd child, however, the egg didn’t take to the surrogate, so they needed to find a new surrogate, which meant a new set of eggs was needed; they asked me if I would be willing to come out of retirement and help them with their 3rd child. It never crossed my mind to say no, and as long as they were asking, I knew the doctor said it was okay, and I trust him implicitly to do the right thing. I’m sure the situation isn’t standard operating procedure, but when it presented itself, it was dealt with as an isolated case.