Top Ten Tips to Make Frozen Embryo Transfer Successful in IVF
10 Tips to make your embryo transfer successful
Embryo transfer is the pinnacle or climax stage of an IVF treatment procedure and the beginning of upcoming events of a successful pregnancy. After coming so long in the IVF journey, knowing what to do before, during, and after embryo transfer can help turn it into a fruitful pregnancy.
- Have a balanced diet : While you have an embryo transfer scheduled ahead, it is advised to eat healthy lean protein and folate-rich foods. Avoid foods high in carbohydrates and say ‘No’ to processed foods, smoking, alcohol consumption, addictive drugs during the IVF treatment and pregnancy.
- Maintain a normal routine : It is a misconception that it is advised to have complete bed rest after embryo transfer. We recommend 2 days of rest. However, resume daily activities and rest whenever the body feels tired to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Strenuous exercises like cardio workouts, lifting heavy weights, activities that can increase the body temperature like steam, saunas, hot showers, and hot yoga must be avoided before and after embryo transfer.
- Consider a mock embryo transfer : Sometimes, your IVF Treatment doctor may consider a mock embryo transfer before the real embryo transfer process. This mock transfer can help assess the uterine cavity, check for the possible barriers (fibroids/cysts), and review if any changes are required while performing the actual embryo transfer.
- Take medications on time : One will have to take the medications for luteal support and supplements that are normally given before embryo transfer to prepare the female reproductive tract for an upcoming pregnancy.
- Relax and don’t stress : The embryo transfer procedure is a culmination of expectations, enthusiasm, hope, stress, hard work, and anticipation. Relax and enjoy each moment. The waiting period can be a lot more stressful. De-stress and calm down your thought process.
- Check the blastocyst transfer option : Blastocysts are embryos of five days of development. Transfer of blastocysts instead of day 2 or day 3 embryos gives more time to monitor and select a more viable embryo for transfer.
- Consider PGD, embryo hatching : PGD allows screening of embryos and blastocysts where the embryos/blastocysts without any chromosomal abnormalities or genetic mutations can be selected for transfer. PGD reduces the risk of multiple pregnancies and the inheritance of genetic defects.
- Assisted embryo hatching consideration : Laser assisted embryo hatching is a procedure where a small hole is created on the outer egg covering before the embryo transfer that can improve the implantation rates in patients with old age and previously failed cycles.
- Post-transfer effects : Many women experience cramps, slight dampness near the vaginal opening, and/or feel like the embryo is slipping from the vagina. However, it’s important to know that the embryo will be placed very much inside the uterus and cannot move out.
- Follow the post-transfer instructions: The fertility specialists will guide you through the medications and instructions such as taking ample rest, not carrying heavy loads, no twisting and bending post-transfer.
Contact the infertility treatment doctor for a pregnancy test after 12-14 days post embryo transfer. Positive pregnancy tests are the ultimate goal of a successful embryo transfer.