Francesca Farago and Jesse Sullivan open up about embryo transfer result

The pair have been going through IVF. (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Francesca Farago and Jesse Sullivan have opened up on their embryo transfer result after they underwent IVF.

Both the Too Hot To Handle star and Sullivan, who is transgender, have been going through in vitro fertilisation together in the hopes of growing their family before they tie the knot.

The couple who have recently been sporting what appears to be wedding rings despite their nuptial hiatus has been sharing their fertility journey on social media. The couple agreed to put their wedding plans on the back burner to focus on their IVF journey, as having children together is an important part of their relationship milestones, they revealed.

Farago recently underwent an embryo transfer, the final step in the IVF process. This is where the embryo is transferred into the uterus, where, hopefully, a healthy pregnancy develops. 

But after undergoing their first round of IVF, Farago and Sullivan told fans on 13 February that their embryo transfer failed  meaning that the Too Hot To Handle star is not yet pregnant. “Hopefully next time is our time,” she said on Instagram. 

“Our embryo transfer failed,” Farago began in an emotional video. “I had picked the embryo and was going to surprise my fiancé with the sex,” she explained, opening up a package with a T-shirt for Sullivan’s 15-year-old child, Arlo. The T-shirt read: “Embryo 13WF 4AA,” which relates to the grading of the embryo which was implanted. The bandana for their dog read “XX”, indicating that the biological sex of their embryo would have been a girl.

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“I ended up telling him the embryo I chose when we learned it failed,” the text on the video continued. “Getting these in the mail was a lot harder than I expected. Even though there was never a pregnancy [we’re] still mourning that one baby girl embryo we lost.”

Previously, Farago updated fans on the day of their embryo transfer on 6 February. “We cannot believe that the day we’ve been working so hard towards is finally here,” she said at the time. “We’ve been thinking about this moment for so long.

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“I cannot believe we might have another baby soon,” she said..

Farago explained that following her previous egg retrieval surgery, they turned her eggs into embryos using a sperm donor. “Because I have PCOS, I got 75 eggs, so I’m donating 11 of those,” she said.

The influencer also explained in the comments section that another side-effect of the condition is poor egg quality, so even though that number was retrieved, “most of them weren’t usable”.

She shared how Jesse stayed “right beside” her during the embryo transfer procedure. This is where a long, thin catheter containing the previously agreed number of embryos, along with a small amount of fluid, is passed through the cervix into the uterus.

“This is our little embryo,” she explained over an ultrasound scan image. “We actually saw it get inserted into my uterus….I’m on bed rest now for 48 hours, I cannot wait to see if I’m pregnant,” she concluded.

We’re sending Farago and Sullivan all the love and healing wishes during this difficult time.

If this story has affected you, call Resolve, the National Infertility Association in the US on 866 668 2566 for a callback, or in Australia call in complete confidence on 02 7906 8366 (Sydney) or 03 8840 6560 (Melbourne).

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