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Fresh Embryo and Frozen Embryo Transfer
It’s time for the final step in the IVF process: embryo transfer. This is when the fertilized egg (embryo) is placed directly in the uterus in hopes of implantation. While this is an exciting time, it can also be a nerve-racking time as well. We are here for you to make sure you are physically and mentally as healthy as possible through each stage so you can increase your chances of success and even relax while doing it.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Embryo Transfer?
Embryo transfer is the last stage in the IVF process. This is when one or multiple embryos are inserted into the uterus.
What Is the Difference Between Fresh and Frozen Embryo Transfer?
The difference is that the embryo transfer happens within 2-4 days after egg retrieval if a fresh egg is being used. Freezing embryos allows you to choose when you want to transfer the embryo.
Which Is Better Fresh or Frozen Embryo Transfer?
Data from the CDC has shown a slightly higher success rate with frozen embryos. Research is still ongoing.
Is Embryo Transfer Painful?
An embryo transfer feels similar to a pap smear. A speculum is used to hold the walls of the vagina open while a catheter is used to place and insert the embryo(s).
How to Prepare for Embryo Transfer
Preparing for embryo transfer is all about taking care of yourself. Eat a healthy meal, find ways to relax, get plenty of sleep, and avoid strenuous activities. Your acupuncture treatment can be 1-24 hours before the transfer. (Forty-eight hours before the transfer is the furthest out we recommend receiving treatment.)
How Long After Egg Retrieval Is Frozen Embryo Transfer?
Fresh embryo transfer typically happens 2-4 days after egg retrieval. If choosing to freeze embryos, you can decide when to transfer them. Consult with your doctor for recommendations on the transfer timeline.
How Many Days After Period Is Frozen Embryo Transfer?
When you want to transfer a frozen embryo, your doctor will have you start estrogen medications 12-14 days before transfer to prepare the uterus. Progesterone will begin around 6 days before the procedure.
What Happens After Embryo Transfer?
Immediately after embryo transfer, your doctor will likely have you rest at the clinic/office. You should rest the next couple of days and schedule acupuncture the day after transfer. Your doctor will check to see if the transfer was successful 12-14 days after the transfer procedure.
What to Do After Embryo Transfer to Increase Success
The most important thing is to relax after transfer. Set up an acupuncture session 1-24 hours after embryo transfer to improve the success rate.
How Long After Embryo Transfer Does Implantation Occur?
Days two and three are when cells begin to attach to the uterine wall, beginning implantation. Around day five is when implantation is complete.
What Are the Symptoms of Implantation After Embryo Transfer?
A few days after implantation you may experience symptoms that are similar to period symptoms, including spotting, cramps, breast tenderness, nausea, fatigue, and vaginal discharge. There also can be no symptoms after an embryo transfer.
How Soon After Embryo Transfer Can You Test?
Around day nine you may take a blood test to determine if you are pregnant. It is recommended to wait 14 days before taking a pregnancy test.
How Many Weeks Pregnant Are You After Embryo Transfer?
On the day of transfer, the embryo is a little over two weeks aged. Once two weeks have passed after transfer and a pregnancy test can be performed, the pregnancy can be up to five weeks along.
Can One Embryo Transfer Result in Twins?
Yes, the transfer of one embryo can result in twins. The chances of conceiving twins are higher when undergoing IVF treatments.
Is It Safe to Have Intercourse After Embryo Transfer?
It is not recommended that you have intercourse following an embryo transfer. It is recommended you wait up to fourteen days before resuming sexual activity.
Can I Take Shower After Embryo Transfer?
Yes, you can take a shower after embryo transfer. Avoid soaking in a bath or hot tub though, as embryos can be sensitive to heat.
Can You Exercise After Embryo Transfer?
Resting one to two days is often recommended after embryo transfer. After that, you can resume exercising. You should still avoid strenuous exercise at this stage.
What to Eat After Embryo Transfer
You can eat almost anything after an embryo transfer. Avoid those foods and drinks that can cause stomach cramps, gas, or stomach contractions (like carbonated beverages).
Can I Eat Spicy Food After Embryo Transfer?
Eating spicy food after embryo transfer is probably fine. Just avoid foods that upset your stomach.
Can I Sneeze After Embryo Transfer?
Bless you! Sneezing, coughing, laughing, peeing, and any other movement cannot cause an embryo to become dislodged.
Is Acupuncture Safe After Embryo Transfer?
Acupuncture is safe and encouraged following an embryo transfer. We recommend coming in right after your transfer or the following day.
What Are the Benefits of Acupuncture After Embryo Transfer?
Acupuncture improves the blood flow to the uterus and uterine lining while also helping you to relieve lingering stress and anxiety.
When Should I Get Acupuncture for Embryo Transfer?
How Often Should I Get Acupuncture After Embryo Transfer?
You should get acupuncture the day of or the day after embryo transfer. After that, you can resume your regular acupuncture schedule.
Can I Get Acupuncture After Embryo Transfer?
Yes, you can get acupuncture after embryo transfer – we highly recommend getting acupuncture immediately following transfer. Then follow up with regular acupuncture treatments.
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