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Exploring The Positive Signs To Ensure Good Results After An Embryo Transfer

Jun 06, 2024

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Couples in today’s society face several challenges, like infertility issues, while trying to conceive. With the evolution of science and technology, many advanced treatments like IVF exist to achieve the dream of starting a family. In-vitro fertilisation, popularly known as IVF, is a series of complex procedures to help women get pregnant who are unable to conceive even after trying naturally for more than a year. 

During the IVF process, mature, viable eggs from the ovaries are collected and fertilised by sperm in a lab. This fertilised egg, or embryo, is transferred into the woman’s uterus, where the baby develops to full term. Embryo transfer is the most important part of the IVF process, which decides the fate of your pregnancy. This article will give you insights on the IVF process, the positive signs for good results after embryo transfer, costs in India, and the right time to take a pregnancy test. 

The Process Of An Embryo Transfer

The embryo transfer process is simple and usually painless without using sedatives. 

  • You will be asked to come with a partially full bladder, which allows a good ultrasound visualisation to help with the smooth and proper transfer of the embryo to the exact location. It unfolds the uterus to a more accommodating angle, facilitating a less traumatic transfer.
  • The embryo transfer catheter (a narrow, thin tube) is loaded with the embryo and passed through the cervical opening up to the middle of the uterine cavity.
  • This is guided with the help of abdominal ultrasound as the catheter advances.
  • As the catheter reaches the ideal location, the infertility specialist transfers the embryo (splashed out of the catheter) into the endometrial lining (lining of the uterine cavity). 
  • The catheter is slowly withdrawn and checked under a microscope for retained embryos. The process may be repeated until the catheter is empty.

Positive Signs After IVF Embryo Transfer

Getting good results after embryo transfer depends on the expertise of the infertility specialist and how well the body responds. But how do you know your embryo transfer worked? There are several positive signs to look out for that indicate a successful implantation. These start from a week to about a month after embryo transfer and include: 

1. Implantation Bleeding 

  • It is an early sign of a successful embryo transfer that usually occurs 6 to 12 days after implantation. 
  • This happens when the embryo attaches to the uterine wall after the transfer.
  • You may experience light spotting or mild bleeding, and the colour of the discharge varies from pink to light brown.
  • Implantation bleeding may last for a few days.

2. Abdominal Cramps 

  • You may experience mild cramps since the uterus undergoes various structural changes as it expands to accommodate the embryo.
  • You may feel dull, aching cramps or mild spasms in the pelvic region.

3. Fatigue (Tiredness)

  • Early pregnancy leads to an increase in your progesterone levels, causing fatigue and exhaustion. 

4. Breast Tenderness

  • Your breasts may feel sore and painful due to hormonal changes post-implantation.
  • The darkening of the areolas could also be a sign of early pregnancy.

5. Frequent Urination

  • Hormonal changes during early pregnancy can make the kidneys produce more urine.
  • As the uterus expands to accommodate the embryo, it puts pressure on the bladder, making you urinate more frequently. 

Increased Body Basal Temperature (BBT)

Elevated progesterone levels post embryo implantation cause the BBT to increase. 

1. Nausea

  • Morning sickness is a common early sign of pregnancy due to increased HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) levels. 
  • You may feel uneasiness in the stomach with vomiting episodes.

2. Food Cravings 

  • Hormonal changes can affect your sense of taste and smell, leading to cravings for specific foods or a sudden aversion.

3. Mood Swings 

  • Hormonal fluctuations can cause emotional turmoil, making you feel more sensitive and irritable. 

The Right Time For A Pregnancy Test After Embryo Transfer

Most infertility specialists recommend waiting for two weeks after embryo transfer. The two-week wait is considered the right time to get a pregnancy test. Taking a pregnancy too soon often produces false results. 

A blood test for pregnancy the Beta HCG is done from 10 to 12 days after the embryo transfer and repeated after 48 hours by which time it doubles. 

The Cost Of Embryo Transfer In India 

The average cost of one cycle of IVF in India is around Rs. 75,000 to Rs. 2,50,000. However, the cost of an embryo transfer may vary between approximately Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 40,000. 

The cost depends on the following factors:

  • Age of the patient
  • Number of cycles
  • The IVF clinic
  • The infertility specialist charges

FAQs-

1. What precautions should be taken after an embryo transfer?

Avoid strenuous activities, get plenty of bed rest, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, and stay hydrated, avoid processed foods with high sugar content, avoid sexual intercourse until your pregnancy test are some precautions that should be taken.

2. Avoid sources of infection like swimming pools or tub baths

Avoid eating food from the roadside to avoid bowel infections and use a mask if dealing with someone who has a cough or cold

3. Is it safe to go to the toilet after embryo transfer?

Yes. It is safe to go to the toilet after embryo transfer. Your uterus is a strong and muscular organ that remains contracted naturally and does not disturb the embryo. 

Progesterone pills or that produced in your body keeps the uterus at rest and the cervix closed.

4. Which sleeping position is best after embryo transfer?

Sleeping position does not affect a pregnancy till the fourth month.

To get promising results in your IVF journey, contact Rotunda IVF clinic, the best infertility centre in Mumbai. The expert infertility specialists at Rotunda IVF clinic offer a comprehensive approach to infertility issues and IVF treatment with improved patient compliance and confidentiality.