Embryo Transfer Advice: Our Essential Tips

8th October 2017 in Advice

This information was correct at the time of publishing. It may not reflect our current practices, prices or regulations.

Two women discussing the donor eggs embryo transfer cycle

If you are having your embryos transferred following IVF or ICSI treatment, you will be surprised about how simple and quick the procedure was. Your embryos are transferred via a fine catheter into your uterus, where it is hoped they will implant as in a natural pregnancy. Once we have ensured that all is well following your embryo transfer, you can go home. 

You will also be given the earliest date and instructions for carrying out your pregnancy test at home, which is approximately two weeks after your embryo transfer. The time between your embryo transfer and the time of your pregnancy test is what many of our patients say is the most anxious and stressful time – the waiting between embryo transfer and finding out if it’s been successful and you’re pregnant.

At Manchester Fertility we know how difficult this time can be for you and how you may be feeling. Remember if you want to talk to us at anytime about any concerns you have, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you through this stage of your treatment, even if it’s just providing a listening ear.

Our advice after embryo transfer

What happens once you’re home after your embryo transfer? Do you need to spend some time lying down? Do you need to take time off work?

Whether you rest, or carry on as normal with your daily routine, it won’t affect the outcome of your treatment. This part of your treatment is out of your control – there is literally nothing you can do to influence the result. Our advice is to wait:

  • In the days after your embryo transfer, you may experience some lower abdominal pain or bloating following your embryo transfer. If you do, please be assured that it doesn’t mean your treatment hasn’t worked. Providing you feel well otherwise, there is usually no cause for concern. Bloating is very common at this stage of your treatment and if you wish, you can take paracetamol for pain relief.
  • Many women experience constipation due to intake of progesterone. You can take a mild laxative to help such as Senna or Lactulose.
  • If you have any vaginal bleeding or a brownish discharge following your embryo transfer, although this can be alarming and worrying, it isn’t always a case for concern. Many women who experience this go on to have a successful positive pregnancy test. We encourage you to contact us if you experience any bleeding for further advice. 
  • If you experience any symptoms such as persistent feelings of sickness, vomiting, pain, breathlessness, fainting, abdominal swelling or heavy or severe bleeding after a positive pregnancy test, it’s important you contact us immediately. Often there’s nothing to worry about, but you may just need to be checked over.

If you wish to talk to us about post-transfer care, get our advice, or see what happens following embryo transfer please contact our Patient Advisors on 0161 300 2737.

For further information and advice after embryo transfer read our FAQs.

Last updated: 24th September 2019