What to Expect from the Embryo Transfer Procedure

The embryo transfer is the final step in an IVF cycle , which will take place at the peak time for implantation. It is a big day, and placement of these precious embryos in the uterine cavity is critical to the overall success of the in-vitro fertilization process. For some patients it is a long journey; and after the many Cycle Monitoring visits and the session of administering of fertility medications, it can be a relief. This procedure should not be stressful, and it is advisable that patients take some rest and relaxation afterward to increase the chances of conception.

Preparing for Embryo Transfer

For “fresh embryo transfers,” this may take place on day 3 or day 5 of embryo development, depending on your needs and preferences. For “frozen embryo transfers,” this will take place on a date driven by your medical protocol. On the day of your transfer procedure, you should come to the clinic dressed in comfortable clothing. It is also advisable to come with another adult for support and help you follow post-transfer instructions.

Undergoing the Procedure

Embryo transfer should feel no different than a standard pelvic exam, so there is no need for anesthesia or other types of sedation. To ensure accurate placement of embryos in the uterine cavity, the procedure may take place under the guidance of ultrasound imaging, which will require you to have a partially full bladder. The exact number of embryos transferred will vary from patient to patient, as each IVF case will have unique circumstances to consider. The Nursing team will work closely with you during the time in the operating room.

Allowing Recovery Time

You will not need to adhere to any instructions given by the medical team in the days following your embryo transfer. Continue to take all medications. Being positive, relaxed, and rested, for the remainder of the day after the procedure is advisable. For the next several days, you should avoid strenuous activity that may disturb the uterus, such as jogging, intercourse, or heavy exercise. You will return to the clinic setting 14 days after your transfer to complete a pregnancy tests to learn if the procedure was a success.

If your primary physician has recommended that you seek fertility care, ReproMed can provide the compassionate care you need in Toronto. To explore the assisted reproduction services we specialize in, call us at (972) 494-5438.

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