Embryo transfer is the last and most important step of IVF procedures. This is where the embryos are transferred into the uterus for further development. Pregnancy happens only when the embryo implants itself firmly into the uterine wall.
At PFRC, we take careful measures during the procedure and undertake them with expert precision with the help of an ultrasound scan. We employ cutting-edge technology to improve the chances of pregnancy.
Embryo transfer procedure
Types of embryo transfers we offer
According to the patient’s needs, we offer two types of embryo transfers.
Fresh embryo transfer
Frozen embryo transfer
Embryo freezing details at PFRC
On the sixth day following egg collection, you must make the payment for embryo freezing. Patients who wish to freeze their embryos should get in touch with the lab to further discuss the process.
PFRC has cutting-edge cryopreservation equipment available, and the embryo freezing procedure is entirely computerized. To maintain their identity, all embryos are coded, labeled, and stored in special containers.
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What happens after a successful embryo transfer?
Women can do a pregnancy test and check if they have become pregnant 15 days after embryo transfer. Here are the possibilities of what might happen then.
May result in pregnancy
The best possible result is for the transfer to result in pregnancy. Patients can confirm their pregnancy with the hospital over the phone. However, follow-up treatments start two weeks later when they visit for a scan.
All the medications prescribed by the doctors should be taken on time without fail.
May not result in pregnancy
Despite all the technological advancements in recent years, an IVF cycle can still have a negative result. There is almost never a logical reason why a cycle might not succeed.
After an unsuccessful IVF treatment, the menstrual cycles are often heavy, and there may be some irregularity in subsequent cycles. Dr Geetha will talk about the likely cause of the failure when you visit the hospital for further treatments.
May result in abnormal pregnancies
It’s important to understand that issues could still arise even if a pregnancy test comes back positive. About 15% of patients experience miscarriages, and ectopic pregnancies are also conceivable (rare but possible, especially if there has been tubal damage in the past). Chromosome abnormalities and congenital defects may also occur.
May result in multiple pregnancies
Sometimes, there is a 25% to 30% chance of having multiple pregnancies, generally twins and occasionally triplets, when three embryos are transferred at once. While some couples view numerous pregnancies as a positive outcome of the treatment, the truth can be different.
Complications can occur for both the mother and the newborns due to multiple pregnancies. There is a higher chance of miscarriage and early birth in particular. Reduced survival rates, long-term health issues, and disability can all result from multiple pregnancies.
At PFRC, we recommend the transfer of 1-2 embryos for those who have had successful previous pregnancies and additional medications for those with previous IVF failures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Women can do a pregnancy test and check if they have become pregnant 15 days after embryo transfer. They can get a pregnancy test kit and do the test at home.
Since embryo transfer is a simple procedure, sedation or anaesthesia are very rarely used. The embryo or embryos are placed into the uterus through the cervix using a long, thin catheter that is filled with the agreed-upon number of embryos and a tiny amount of fluid.
Embryo transfer is not painful, but it could cause some discomfort. The majority of patients said that the feelings they had during this process were similar to those they had during a typical Pap smear. Patients may ask for oral sedatives if they are extremely anxious about the operation.
Though embryo transfer is a simple procedure, and you can resume daily work after a few days of rest, there are some things you need to follow to ensure your and your baby’s health. Here are some food items you should avoid consuming after an embryo transfer.
Do not consume any leftovers, excessive sugar, processed food, canned food, alcoholic beverages, caffeine, or anything containing mercury. Take a daily multivitamin with folic acid or any other medication that your doctor prescribes.