What to Expect During Embryo Transfer?
Embryo transfer is the final stage of the IVF process wherein mature eggs are retrieved from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. The process of an embryo transfer is similar to a pap smear, with the doctor using a speculum into the vagina to prevent the walls of the vagina from closing in. With the help of an ultrasound scan for accuracy, the doctor will then transfer the embryo into the uterus with a catheter. The embryos are thus passed on from the catheter and into the womb.
The procedure is relatively pain-free and does not require any form of anesthesia for completion. The process of transfer takes place under a very sterile environment and the doctors will confirm the name and details to ensure that there is no confusion or error at a later stage.
As stated earlier, an anaesthetic is not required for embryo transfer. However, it is a common practice to prescribe a muscle relaxant or Valium to help the patient relax and ensure a smooth transfer of the embryos. Once the procedure is completed, a brief period of observation is necessary following which a sample of blood work may be required 4-7 days later.