I’m sorry for intruding. I don’t “go here” but I was searching the boards for past posts that might be similar to the loss I am currently going through, and I came across your post. I just had one done this past Friday & I’m happy to answer any questions I can. Is there anything specific you are wondering about? Or do you just want to know about the procedure itself? Feel free to PM me if you would prefer.
(butting in- I'm a lurker with a DS who was born after 6 years of IF)
I had one, at 12w5d when I was pregnant with my son in 2015. We did so because our NT scan was severely abnormal (ideal measurements were less than 1mm and ours was 4.1 at 12w2d and 4.7 at 12w5d with the advanced ultrasound at the MFM). Our free cell DNA test wasn't back due to a hiccup with the lab. MFM did the CVS that day, in her office after we met with the genetic counselor, because of the extremely high measurement and closing window for the CVS (would've otherwise had to wait for an amnio).
It was painful for less than 3 minutes, and I bled and cramped for 2-3 days afterward. I was on bedrest the rest of the day of the procedure and told to take it easy for the next couple of days so I WFH, mostly in bed.
We had FISH results in 48 hours and a full microarray in 2 weeks. Chromosomally perfect.
Though there were no indications in the microarray that there was anything wrong, the MFM practice opted to keep me as a patient and measure him each week just in case of any missed markers, etc. I was very, very nervous the entire pregnancy. They also had full genetic work ups on us from previous IVF cycles and did tons of bloodwork for all kinds of different things (antibody and exposure screenings for things like measles, coxsackievirus, etc.) during the pregnancy in an effort to figure out what could be causing weird measurements.
Our son was born, 8lbs 15.5oz, 22.5" long and perfectly healthy, at 39w2d in a scheduled c-section due to positioning (frank breech). OB's best guess after the fact is that he was a big baby with a big neck that had grown a little bit ahead of where it should have.
I'm so sorry that you are facing this, I wouldn't wish the uncertainty and having to make any decisions surrounding the results upon anyone. LMK if I can offer support in any way.
I had one performed for my pregnancy with my DD due to a history of chromosomal abnormality with our first. What would you like to know? I had an amnio with my first DD, which ultimately led to our TFMR. I wanted a CVS for our 2nd DD because I did not want to have to make the same decision as late. I had to wait until 13 weeks for my CVS because my tilted uterus made it too difficult at 11 weeks. I had an abdominal CVS, and it hurt more than the amnio for sure but still doable. FSH results in 3 days, but was more concerned with the microarray, which took about 10 days. This was in the UK, but I think my experience would be similar. I'm happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to PM me.
Similarly to loira , I had to have an abdominal CVS. (This was due to the placement of my placenta. I was 13+2 on the day of the procedure.) They numbed my skin beforehand (but you can’t numb the uterus or placenta) and took a tissue gauge needle and inserted it through my abdomen. It was uncomfortable, but not terrible. It was crampy and then there was sort of a really weird, jolt type feeling when she punctured the placenta. It only took a few minutes. No bleeding , just on and off cramping the rest of the day.
We had enough information from the Panorama and the u/s done that day to know that we will TFMR (T18), but we still opted for the FISH results so that we could have that final piece of info before the termination this Saturday. I don’t have them yet, but they said 3-4 days, so I expect a phone call from them today. We should get the full results back in 2 wks, which can let us know whether or not this was just freak, bad luck (most likely) or the very small percent of the cases that are genetic.
Huge hugs. We are here for you, no matter what. This community was so incredibly supportive when I was dealing with the amnio with our first, and then the CVS with my 2nd. They had only kind words and not an ounce of judgement.