- Embryo transfer generally takes place on day 2, 3, 5 or 6 after eggs have been collected.
- The entire IVF cycle depends on delicate placement of the embryo(s) at the proper location near the middle of the endometrial cavity.
- The number of embryos that are transferred to the uterus depends on the amount of eggs that have been retrieved, your age and the clinic’s guidelines.
- One embryo may be transferred on the first attempt, and then on later attempts perhaps two, or even three in some countries (if you are older or IVF has failed before).
- Placing more than one embryo in your womb increases your chance of becoming pregnant, but it also increases the risk of multiple pregnancy and possible health issues. A single embryo transfer (SET) is usually the best option, but talk to your clinic about this.
- The process involves a tube being inserted into your vagina (like a Pap smear) and the fertilised eggs are carefully inserted into the womb. Extra embryos that are healthy can be frozen for future use.
Side effects of embryo transfer
You may pass a small amount of clear or bloody fluid shortly after the procedure. This is due to the swabbing of the cervix before the embryo transfer and is not unusual.
Can I have a bath after transfer?
Avoid hot baths for a few days because there is a small risk of infection. Have a shower instead.
Is bed rest recommended after embryo transfer?
It is really not clear that prolonged rest after transfer is helpful. In nature, the embryo floats freely in the endometrial cavity for a number of days before implantation and it will do the same in an IVF cycle. We do recommend that you take it easy following transfer for the rest of the day, but routine work activities can be resumed the next day. If there is an increased risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation, we will recommend prophylactic bed rest.
What foods are meant to help implantation?
There is no evidence that any specific diet increases your chances of success. But if you do eat a healthy, balanced diet full of whole grains, lean protein, and fruits and vegetables, this will do you good. Also maintaining good Vitamin D levels is important.
Why is using progesterone during this period important?
Progesterone pessaries, or shots for IVF which are once-a-night intramuscular shots, are generally recommended to give support to the lining of the uterus and to help maintain an early pregnancy. It is offered as not enough progesterone is always made by the ovary during an IVF cycle, therefore more progesterone is often given to help support the process.
Does embryo glue work?
Does embryo glue really help the embryo to implant? Professor Robert Winston says: “The embryo does not need glue to attach itself to the uterus. Adding substances is a very simplistic and unlikely solution.”
It’s not actually glue and the results are still not conclusive. But the cost is low (£100-£200), so if your IVF cycles have failed, it may be worth a try. It can be used on frozen embryos. Ask your clinic for advice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]