What to Do and What to Avoid after Embryo Transfer?

For any patient who resorts to assisted reproduction techniques, embryo transfer is an exciting and stressful step at the identical time; it is the moment in which the embryos are transferred inside the uterine cavity and occurs between three and five days after the ovarian puncture.

After the days of endocrinological monitoring, where the patient goes to fertility treatment hospitals for an ultrasound and analytical, puncture and anxious waiting for the development of embryos, this final stage of the fertility process is full of expectations.

Once the embryos are deposited in the uterus, a significant step remains for the treatment to be successful: embryo implantation. Implantation occurs when the nucleus penetrates the uterine lining and adheres to the endometrium.

What influences the success rates of the implementation?

The probability of embryo implantation being successful depends mainly on three factors: the quality of the embryo, the uterine receptivity and the quality of the embryo transfer. Most implantation non-success are due to chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus, which explains why implantation rates decrease as the woman ages. If a patient has poor quality in their oocytes, the resulting embryos may not be healthy enough to implant.

Many of our patients ask us what they can do to maximize the chances of embryo implantation after the transfer. Although it is difficult to accept that the implant is mostly beyond the control of the patient, the truth is that our actions little or nothing will affect the development of the embryo. Being overly concerned about contributing to the implant causes stress at a time when patients must strive to stay relaxed.

That said, there are some suggestions that patients can follow after embryo transfer to have better chances of success. Below, we detail the behaviors that should be adopted and those that should be avoided:


  • Relax Many times; after the transfer, the women feel fear when they get up and move, they are frightened by the idea that the embryo can "break off." The embryo is held in place by opposing forces in the endometrium, regardless of whether it is in the supine position or not.
  • Moderate activity: Except for physical activity and heavy work, carrying out moderate activity on a daily basis, such as quiet walks, can promote circulation and is an excellent method for self-motivation.
  • Drink plenty of water: it is advised by fertility treatment hospitals in India to drink plenty of water and limit the consumption of salt as much as possible, verifying that urination is normal and that there is no excessive fluid retention (the patient, in this case, will have a feeling of swelling).
  • Eat healthy: The food must be healthy and balanced and, in general, you can eat everything with little precautions. On the internet we find "vegetable diets" and "miraculous foods," but there is no evidence to support their effectiveness.
  • Be positive: Maintaining a positive vision, in addition to maintaining calm and concentration, reduces stress and its adverse effects. At this stage, we recommend not facing anxiety and stress alone.

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10 Jul 2018

By Amit Kumar
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