About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an effective option for fertility treatment and one of the most well-known and popular options for starting the family you have always wanted. During the IVF process, eggs are taken from a woman and fertilized in a lab setting. This helps ensure successful pregnancy.
What is the embryo transfer stage of in vitro fertilization (IVF)?
Embryo transfer is one of the final stages of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. This is done after the eggs have been inseminated in the lab and are successfully fertilized. It involves the embryo being placed into the womb so that it can fully develop and be carried to term.
When will embryo transfer be performed?
Embryo transfer is usually performed two to four days after the eggs have been fertilized. By this point, cellular division has started happening. In some cases, fertility specialists may wait until the fifth day after fertilization, which is when the embryo has reached the blastocyst stage.
During the consultation process, you will be able to learn more about the particulars of your in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure, including when embryo transfer will be performed.
The Embryo Transfer Process
During the actual embryo transfer procedure, the embryos are introduced into the woman’s uterus through a small catheter. A sonogram is commonly used to help guide the catheter into place and ensure successful transfer of the embryo and attachment to the uterine lining.
It should be noted that this process may be performed using fertilized eggs that were provided by an egg donor, or it can also be performed using a surrogate carrier, which is a woman who agrees to carry the embryo to term for another couple or individual. These and other options for assisted reproduction can be discussed in greater detail during the consultation process.
What to Expect After the Embryo Transfer Is Completed
After embryo transfer, patients will usually be asked to rest at the practice for a bit before returning home. When home, patients should try to relax and not engage in any vigorous physical activities for around eight hours. Patients will likely be asked to refrain from intercourse for some time after embryo transfer in order to ensure successful results. Cramping, soreness, and spotting are all common after embryo transfer.
Full post-procedure instructions will be provided during the consultation process.
Checking for Successful Pregnancy
A pregnancy test is usually performed about two weeks after embryo transfer. Patients are advised to rest easy during this time and continue with their daily activities. The anticipation and stress over the potential pregnancy are both natural.
Learn More About Fertility Treatment Options
If you would like to learn more about your fertility treatment options and how you can finally start the family that you have always wanted, be sure to contact our fertility centers serving New Orleans and Baton Rouge today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the smartest choices with regard to care.