IVF Transfer Tips

By admin | October 12, 2011

There are many IVF transfer tips about-many of which are worth trying out to improve the success rates of this stage of the process.

After selection of the embryos, you will then return to the clinic for the embryo transfer stage.  This is the point when the screened embryos will get transferred into your uterus and hopefully, one will grow into a healthy baby.  However, as we all know, this does not always happen and there is a disappointing success rate which is why it really is worth considering a few simple helpful hints.

IVF Transfer Tips

Try the tips below which can really help.  More detail is given further down the page;

  • Consider the number of embryos you would like transferring before the transfer date and discuss this with your partner and doctor
  • Be prepared to drink plenty of fluid when you get to the clinic. If you don’t like water, ask the clinic if you can take fruit juice to add to the water or if other fluids, such as herbal teas etc are permitted
  • Ask to see pictures of the embryos if possible
  • Expect a little cramping pain
  • Get back to your normal activities within a couple of days (not strenuous)
  • Take medication as prescribed
  • Do not be tempted to do your own pregnancy test
  • Plan beforehand what you will do with any remaining embryos
  • Plan how you will use your time after the IVF transfer

The date of the embryo transfer depends on a number of factors such as your reproductive history, how many embryos are to be transferred, your age and risk of multiple pregnancy.

The number of embryos which will be transferred can depend on where you live.  For example, the UK only permits 2 per cycle whereas in the USA, India and Thailand, there are no restrictions (at the time of writing).  Although having more embryos transferred might theoretically increase your chance of pregnancy, there is the possibility of this practice damaging your health and that of the prospective babies.

The decision as to the number of embryos to transfer is not an easy one and one IVF transfer tip is to carefully consider this before deciding.  There really are no rights of wrongs but the main consideration is that you come to terms with the decision you make and are able to stand by it, whatever the outcome.

The procedure itself is an outpatient one which does not involve drugs, anesthetics or operations.  However, that does not mean that you should not take time to prepare beforehand.  You (and your partner if appropriate) will be asked to go along to the clinic a few hours before the procedure happens and it is important that you drink plenty of fluid to help increase the size of your bladder.  This can really help as it means that the doctor can get a better view of your womb.  Additionally, if your uterus is retroverted, having a fuller bladder means that the angle is better in terms of implantation.

Your doctor will discuss the condition of the embryos and, where appropriate, how many are going to be transferred.  One of the popular and sometimes unknown IVF transfer tips is to ask to see a picture of the embryos before transfer.  Although this will not make any difference to the process, many women find that it gives them peace of mind and more of a connection to what can seem like a medical procedure.

The embryos are prepared by placing them in a fluid and then into a catheter.  You will then lie down and your cervix will be washed to remove any mucus to ensure that there are no obstructions whatsoever.  The doctor will use ultrasound to help guide the flexible catheter through the cervix and into the womb.  Studies indicate that the middle of the endometrial cavity is the best location for the placement of the embryos.  The catheter is gently squeezed and the embryos are placed into the lining of the womb.  The tube is carefully inspected to ensure that there are no embryos remaining.

After the transfer, you should lie down for an hour or two.  You may feel a little cramping-type pain, but nothing else. You should take life reasonably easy after the transfer, but do not take to your bed.  After a couple of days, you can get back to your normal levels of activity providing you do not undertake strenuous activity.

You may have embryos remaining after the IVF transfer and you can decide what to do with them.  You can have them frozen for possible future use, or you may decide to donate them to a couple who are unable to conceive or, even to donate them for research.  Another group of important IVF transfer tips relate to the time afterwards.  It is a harrowing time and accepting and embracing this fact is very important as it can help reduce stress.  Indeed, stress in itself is known to be a detractor of fertility generally and so the more at ease you are, the better. Additionally, do not be tempted to do your own pregnancy test as these can sometimes be inaccurate in these circumstances.

You may have a prescription for progesterone supplements to be taken after implantation.  This hormone is usually produced after ovulation to help prepare and sustain the uterus for implantation.  When you have IVF the production of progesterone might be impaired by medication such as Lupron.

There is no doubt that you will feel anxious and as said before, accepting this and keeping yourself busy with hobbies or things you enjoy will take your mind away (for a little time!) from the worry of whether you are pregnant.

So, plan the two week wait beforehand and implement the IVF transfer tips above as appropriate.

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