What’s happening during the embryo transfer?

The Embryo transfer is the last step of the IVF procedure. It can be a stressful moment for the patient. How does it work? How do I have to prepare myself? Will it hurt?

At ProcreaTec, we will do our best to make our patient feel comfortable.

 Here are our indications before an embryo transfer:

  • No need to have an empty stomach for the embryo transfer since there’s no
  • You will be asked to drink 2 or 3 glasses of water before the transfer in order to facilitate the visibility for the doctor who will do the ultrasound.
  • Before the transfer, we give our patients a light dose of valium to help them release the tension and also relax the cervix to make the transfer easier.

Procreatec also offers an acupuncture session before and after the transfer for patients who ask for it.

Embryo transfer: How does it work?

The embryo transfer is a simple and painless medical procedure. First the doctor will clean the cervix to clear the way for the catheter.

Secondly, a thin catheter will be placed at the bottom of the uterus in which we will carry the embryos.  When the catheter is placed, we will ask for the biologist to prepare the embryos. In order to prevent them to be out of the incubator too long, they will be carried out only when the catheter is fixed.

After being placed in the bottom of the uterus, the embryo(s) will start their implantation a few days later.

During the ultrasound, a dark stain will appear showing the liquid containing the embryos.

The liquid containing the embryos will leave a black stain you it can be observed in the ultrasound.

The biologist will then check if the embryos have been correctly removed from the catheter.

After the transfer, we will ask the patient to remain lay down during 15 to 25 minutes.

After the procedure, the patient can return to normal life.

Where does the transfer take place?

The transfer takes place in the operating room. This medical procedure cannot be held in the normal consultation for several reasons.

  • We need to work in a sterile conditions for the embryo : our operating room is set up to the latest standards of the UNE179007 in order to preserve, as far as possible, the embryos from extern infection
  • We need a direct connection with the laboratory: having the laboratory close to the operating room is indispensable to prevent the embryos from being in contact with the extern environment.

The patient and the spouse should wear a special outfit for the transfer: closed overalls, a hat (covering completely the hair and the ears) and cover shoes are compulsory in the operating room.

After the transfer, you will receive all the information regarding what you can and cannot do while waiting for the pregnancy test.

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At ProcreaTec, we understand the road toward a healthy pregnancy is not always easy. Through this blog, we want to reach out to all who are struggling on the path of infertility to find support. If you have any questions or would like to tell us about your situation, you can comment on the posts or send us an e-mail.
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