"It's a crap shoot" is said, usually with a sense of mild scorn
(if it's somebody else) or resignation (if it's yourself)
about the chances of success of a given activity or venture.
It says the end result is out of one's hands, that it's left
up to chance, and that the odds are probably slightly
Yes, that says it exactly. The
whole reason a patient needs IVF to
begin with is because the odds of conceiving a
pregnancy are already against you.
And then the torture of a possible cancellation
You can be cancelled at any step along the way.
You can be cancelled before you even begin.
You can come for your first appointment and
be told you're not even a candidate for IVF.
You can be cancelled at your cycle start if
your body over-rides the medicines.
You can be cancelled because you don't
You can be cancelled because you stimulate
too well and are at risk for hyperstimulation
You can be cancelled if they can't find
any eggs to retrieve.
You can have your transfer cancelled if
your eggs didn't fertilize.
You can have your transfer cancelled
if all your embryos need to be frozen
(because of hyperstimulation
You can pass all those hurdles and
still not get pregnant.
Yes, IVF is like a crap shoot.
A game of "chance"
that so many are willing
to play. And perhaps
if you're really lucky,
you'll beat the house,
and walk away with the
*(posted by Bob 8/26/03 on The Phrase Finder