What to do after an Embryo Transfer Procedure?

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.

Let us first understand what an embryo transfer procedure is all about

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.

Fresh vs Frozen Embryo Transfer

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.


What should you do after the embryo transfer procedure?

There is a lot of confusion regarding activities that are allowed and not allowed after an embryo transfer procedure. Let us help you clarify.

  • Socialising: Spending time with your loved ones can help you maintain a positive outlook after an embryo transfer procedure. Some people may not understand fully what you are going through, and so it is suggested to stick to close friends and your loved ones who will support you. You can also talk to counselors and therapists if you like.
  • Exercising: Some people cope with stress or concern by exercising or gymming. While this is a healthy coping mechanism, a strenuous or high-intensity workout is not recommended. Low-intensity workouts like yoga, casual walks in the park are allowed and recommended after embryo transfer.
  • Sex: It might be recommended not to be sexually active at this point. However, you should spend quality time with your loved one after embryo transfer as it can be a stressful event for the two of you.
  • Alcohol and smoking: It is better to avoid consuming these as the chances of achieving a pregnancy might get affected. Alcohol and smoking affect the hormones and are bad for one’s general physical and mental well-being as well.

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.

Medical instructions after an embryo transfer procedure:

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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