If you want to know more about the embryo transfer procedure, this is the right article for you. This article will cover the basics of embryo transfer and also what to do after an embryo transfer.
The embryo transfer is the final step in IVF or In Vitro Fertilization. It is a procedure that involves placing the developed embryo inside the uterine cavity. IVF is an alternate method for an infertile couple trying to conceive. It is one of the most commonly recommended treatments if the couple is not able to achieve pregnancy even after trying for a year. In IVF, the egg and the sperm of the intended parents are harvested. The doctors then send them to a lab to be combined for fertilization. IVF has proven to be useful during other abnormalities such as damaged fallopian tubes, premature ovarian failure, ovulation disorders, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, genetic disorders, and more.
After the ovarian stimulation is done and the eggs are collected, ICSI is performed using sperms and embryos are formed. These embryos are then left to be cultured in an appropriate environment for 3-5 days. If there is no risk to the woman or any other endometrial pathology, then these embryos are transferred into the uterus of the woman by an embryo transfer procedure. This is called fresh embryo transfer.
In some cases where the hormonal profile is altered or there is some other condition in which there is risk to the woman or some condition in which the chances of implantation are hampered, then the embryos formed are frozen by a process called vitrification. In some cases in which a fresh ET was done, extra embryos are also frozen for future use. In such cases, the frozen embryos are thawed and then transferred in another cycle after all negative factors are corrected and this is called a frozen embryo transfer cycle.
In either case, 1 or 2 embryos, depending on the choice of the couple or the advice of the doctor, are gently placed into the uterus under sonographic guidance.
There is a lot of confusion regarding activities that are allowed and not allowed after an embryo transfer procedure. Let us help you clarify.
Other instructions after embryo transfer:
Completing your daily chores and continuing your routine life does not affect you post an embryo transfer procedure. You can even work the next day. Do not take medications other than the ones prescribed by your doctor. Practice precaution while eating outside food. Your chances of getting pregnant are also not affected by climbing stairs, sleeping on the abdomen, sleeping on either side, or driving.
Your doctor will suggest a date to visit the lab for a pregnancy test. Do not stop taking your medications unless suggested by the doctor. For normal cold or fever, try home remedies or vapor rub. Avoid taking other medications. Do reach out to your doctor if a cold or fever does not subside. If there is pain in the lower abdomen, then speak to your doctor about the safe medication you can take. Do not fret if there is spotting or bleeding. Continue all your medications that have been prescribed unless advised otherwise.
At Dr. Banker’s, we understand the confusion or worry that may occur after an embryo transfer procedure. Ask your doctor all your doubts, and do your research on it as well. Surround yourself with loved ones. Follow the instructions given by your doctor. Pregnancy is a beautiful feeling, so do not stress yourself out. If you like to read more such insightful blogs, then you can visit our blog page.
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