This might be the most crucial stage of all. Your embryo transfer will usually take place two, three, four, five, or even six days after your egg collection. It involves inserting an embryo (or multiple embryos, depending on your age and clinic guidelines) into the middle of your uterus via a tube inserted into your vagina. The embryos that you do not use can then be frozen for future attempts.
Your cervix will be swabbed just before the transfer, which can result in clear or bloody discharge immediately after your procedure. To avoid the small risk of infection, you should shower instead of bathe.
If you and your doctor decide that to implant multiple embryos into your uterus, it will increase your chances of becoming pregnant. However, it does increase certain risks, such as a multiple pregnancy and associated health issues. In most instances, a single embryo transfer (SET) is the preferred option.
Do I need to stay in bed?
Your clinic will recommend that you relax for the rest of the day after your transfer. However, bed rest is not required, and you can go about your regular work routine the following day. In both IVF and natural conception, the embryo floats in the endometrial cavity for few days before implantation in the uterine wall. You do not need bed rest unless you are at risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation; your clinic will advise you on the best course of action.
Do any foods help with implantation?
Despite what you might read online, there are no scientifically proven foods that help with implantation. However, you should ensure that you are eating a balanced diet of whole grains, lean protein, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. You should also take supplements to maintain good Vitamin D levels.
Should I use embryo glue?
Embryo glue is rumoured to help the embryo attach, but results are inconclusive. Do note that it is not actually a glue. It is quite reasonably priced (£100 – £200), so you may want to discuss the option with your clinic if your first IVF cycles do not work.
Why might I need to take progesterone during IVF?
Your ovaries might not naturally create enough progesterone, which it needs to thicken the uterine lining and maintain an early pregnancy, during IVF. If this is the case, your clinic will advise you to take progesterone shots (once-a-night intramuscular injections) or insert progesterone pessaries.