What happens after the embryo transfer ?

Written by: Dra. Marian Chávez Guardado
Edited by: Top Doctors®

After all the process of ovarian stimulation, recovery of the ovules and fertilization of them, the cycle of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is completed with the placement of the embryo or embryos inside the uterus. It's what we call embryo transfer. This is a simple and painless procedure in most cases .A thin catheter is inserted through the cervix and the embryos are deposited in the uterine fundus. The discomfort that the woman can feel is similar to that experienced during the performance of a cytology.   Symptoms that may appear

After the embryo transfer and in the following days a series of symptoms with greater or lesser intensity can appear. It is very important to know that these symptoms are nonspecific and that they do not tell us at all if the treatment has been successful or not. The only thing that will tell us with certainty whether pregnancy has occurred or not is the pregnancy test, for which you should wait two weeks since the transfer.


Embryo transfer is the placement of the embryo or embryos inside the uterus

Occasionally a feeling of tiredness or dizziness may be experienced, which is usually due to the use of progesterone that is prescribed in the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments.. This medication, which is usually used vaginally, can also produce an increase in the amount of flow.Sometimes there may be a small amount of bleeding in the course of the two weeks until the pregnancy test. This does not indicate that the woman is not pregnant, in the same way that the absence of bleeding does not assure us that there is a pregnancy.Occasionally there may be nausea, which may be due to hormonal treatment. There may also be breast tenderness or other changes due to such treatment.Women may notice pelvic discomfort as they feel when they have menstruation. This symptom may be caused by ovarian stimulation (the ovaries may continue larger than normal) and by changes in the uterus.Another symptom that can appear is the increase in the frequency of urination , which may be due to the hormone hCG. This hormone is used for the final maturation of the ovule, before the ovarian puncture, and it is also the hormone that occurs naturally in a pregnancy, so it is not possible to know if frequent urination is due to medication during the pregnancy. cycle or a pregnancy.In the two weeks of waiting from the embryo transfer until the pregnancy test, our recommendation is that you try to lead a life as active as your physical condition allows you.. Do not stop making plans and activities that arise; try to keep your mind busy. In this way you will limit the excessive observation of the symptoms described and avoid drawing conclusions about the outcome of the treatment.

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Dra. Marian Chávez Guardado

By Dra. Marian Chávez Guardado
Fertility Specialty

It is one of the largest specialists in vitro fertilization. For 10 years she has worked exclusively to assisted reproduction, both in clinical practice and in the field of research. In addition, serves as a master teacher of the Complutense University of Madrid.

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