what to expect during an embryo transfer

In most cases, embryo transfer will occur on Day 5 after the egg is fertilized. At this point, the blastocyst is just eight-cells large. By waiting until Day 5, we are able sync the transfer to take place when your womb is the most “ready” to receive the little bundle of eggs. Plus, at this point, we also have the ability to select the healthiest looking (or testing) embryos, which further increases the chances of IVF success

Here’s one you may not have anticipated: embryo transfers require a full bladder. Not only does a full bladder provide better visibility during the ultrasound, it also helps to minimize uterine contractions during the procedure. You’ll be instructed to drink a specific amount of water about 30-40 minutes prior to your appointment. If you have a long drive to the clinic, empty your bladder before the car ride and then drink during your drive to minimize the time you have to wait before you can use the restroom!

Prior to the procedure, we’ll verify your name, identification and basic information to make sure you are you. We’ll also review how many embryos will be transferred that day (this number varies depending on a range of factors, including your age, infertility diagnosis, medical history and any previous embryo transfer history/IVF results). At this time, you will complete paperwork regarding what is to happen to any remaining fertilized embryos.