Embryo Transfer Advice & FAQs: All About Bed Rest & Implantation

28th March 2019 in IVF

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Do you need bed rest after embryo transfer? Can an embryo come out?

It is natural to be anxious about embryo transfer post-care and what happens next. It is the last stage of your IVF cycle, before you can take your pregnancy test.

Our team answers your FAQs about embryo transfer, resting and implantation. We also have further embryo transfer advice in another post we've written.

Do I need to stay in bed after my embryo transfer?

Once you get home there is no need for full best rest. Staying in bed does not increase the chance of successful implantation.

What we do advise is that you take it easy for a day or so – and by this we mean no strenuous activity or vigorous exercising.

You can carry on your daily life as you normally would, including going to work, gentle exercise or travelling if you need to. Carrying on your usual routine as much as you can will also help keep your mind off your ‘two-week wait’ before your pregnancy test.

Can an embryo come out?

Do not worry that an embryo might somehow come out or not implant if you move around too much, or do too much. The uterus is designed to keep the embryo where it is.

Your fertility medications have prepared your uterus for pregnancy, so your embryo has optimum conditions to help it implant.

Is there anything I can do now to encourage implantation?

Be assured that nothing you do now will change whether your embryo implants or not.

Embryo implantation is influenced by many factors, such as embryo quality, transfer timing and uterine conditions. All of which we help with, so you have the best chance of pregnancy:

  • Embryo quality: Our expert embryology team selects the highest quality embryo for your transfer, using innovations like time-lapse incubation.
  • Transfer timing: We carefully time your embryo transfer for when your uterine lining is ready, using ultrasound to check uterine lining thickness.
  • Uterine conditions: If you have had repeated implantation failure or multiple failed IVF cycles despite the transfer of good quality embryos, we may advise Endometrial Receptivity Array testing. This helps to identify your personal window of implantation, when your body is most receptive to an embryo.

We personalise your embryo transfer as much as we can, taking into account any pregnancy or IVF history, so you have the highest chance of IVF success.

Embryo transfer advice after IVF

Our team, including our Fertility Support Midwife, is here to help and reassure if you need post embryo transfer advice after IVF. Contact us on 0161 300 2737 if you have any questions or queries.  

If you want to have IVF with us, there is no waiting list. Self-refer or book a free 1-2-1 online to get started.

Last updated: 29th January 2020