How to prepare for an Embryo Transfer?knchua
Embryo transfer is the last step of IVF procedure towards having a baby of your own. Fresh or frozen embryo(s) are transferred to the uterus for implantation to happen. Implantation usually takes place 1 to 2 days after the transfer. You can prepare yourself for the embryo transfer to reduce your worries and optimise your chances of success.
Follow your medication directions
To prepare you for the transfer, you will be given medications to take. Make sure to follow the directions given by your clinic.
Reaching the clinic on time
Being punctual during the day of transfer makes you feel more relaxed and settled.
Maintaining a full bladder
It is necessary to maintain a full bladder to aid visualisation of the uterus during embryo transfer. We recommend to you empty the bladder and drink a full cup of water 1 hour before arriving at the clinic.
Avoid applying perfume and lotion on the day of transfer
You might not be aware that synthetic fragrances in perfumes and lotions contain chemical substances which can be harmful to the embryos. To avoid the risk of unwanted negative effects on the embryos, we suggest that you and your spouse should not put any perfumes or lotions on the day of transfer.
What are some tips for success Embryo Transfer?
The success of embryo transfer greatly depends on multiple factors such as embryo quality and viability, number of embryos transferred, condition of the uterus, and many more. However, the treatment outcome can be influenced by external factors. Let’s explore some tips that could optimise your chances of success!
1. Have adequate rest and stay away from strenuous activities
It is advisable to rest at the clinic for 2 hours after the procedure. If you wish to use the toilet, you may. Rest assure that embryos will not fall out when you pee or sneeze. You can resume normal activities or work after your procedure and avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercises.
2. Refraining from sexual intercourse
Sexual intercourse may cause uterine contractions which can interfere with embryo implantation in the uterus lining. You may have sexual intercourse after your pregnancy test result is known.
3. Stay hydrated
Water is vital for cells to function properly. In order for implantation to take place, the cells of the uterine wall must be healthy. A simple way to ensure a healthy uterus is by drinking plenty of water.
4. Avoid soaking in bathtub or swimming in a pool
It is not recommended to take a soak in bathtub or swim in a pool soon after your procedure as there will be a potential risk of infections.
5. Continue to take progesterone until pregnancy test result is out
You should continue to take the progesterone given to you until the pregnancy test is out. Progesterone helps to prepare the uterus (by thickening the endometrium) to receive the embryo. It could also help with early pregnancy bleeding and prevent miscarriages.