Embryo transfer is one of the most exciting stages of your IVF cycle. It marks the very start of your pregnancy journey, as after transfer your embryo begins to implant and grow.
Here’s what happens at embryo transfer and in the days afterwards, together with some useful embryo transfer tips and advice:
The embryo transfer process
Your embryo transfer will be performed in our dedicated embryo transfer room. Your best quality embryo, as selected by our Embryologists, will be bathed in EmbryoGlue to help promote implantation, before being gently inserted into your uterus via a fine catheter.
Your consultant will carry out your transfer under ultrasound guidance. It is a quick and painless procedure.
After embryo transfer
After embryo transfer you are free to move around – the embryo cannot fall out. Our nurses will give you full instructions about what to expect over the coming days, including details of any medications you need to take to support your body in early pregnancy.
They will also give you the earliest date you can perform your pregnancy test, which is usually around two weeks later.
Embryo growth & implantation after transfer
Your embryo will begin to attach to the uterine lining in the immediate days after transfer and is usually successfully implanted by day 5.
The hCG hormone (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) that a pregnancy test detects starts to be secreted once the embryo has implanted and fetal development begins. HCG levels increase each day and are high enough to be picked up in your urine by day 14 post- transfer. So although it might be tempting to test earlier, you may get a misleading result.
We know that the days of waiting to find out if you are pregnant and all the speculation that goes with it is hard. Our clinic midwife is here to support you. She will check in with you during this time and is available to answer any questions you have about implantation signs, early pregnancy symptoms and self-care.
Embryo transfer tips & advice
It’s natural to be anxious after your embryo transfer. So here are some tips from our team to help:
- Remember that there is nothing that you can do that will influence the outcome of your IVF cycle. We have chosen the best embryo, created the best receptive uterine environment and ensured your body is fully supported and ready for pregnancy. We are all focused on achieving a successful outcome for you.If you have any questions or concerns at all, do get in touch with our midwife and nurses straight away. We are here to listen and reassure and can quickly help to put your mind at rest.
- Do take it easy after embryo transfer. You can carry on daily life as normal, but many women do like to take some out in the days after transfer. Continue with a healthy lifestyle and diet and relax as much as possible over these two weeks.
- Be kind to yourself. IVF is an emotional journey and embryo transfer is the last stage. We are all here to support you so get in touch with us if you need someone to talk to. Many patients find our Fertility Support Group invaluable at this time.
Find out more about IVF and starting treatment
If you have any questions about embryo transfer or the IVF process, our team is happy to help on 0845 268 2244. If you want to start IVF with us, book a free 1-2-1 or request an appointment online via our Book Now page.
Last updated: 10th July 2019