What are the tips for maximizing success after an Embryo Transfer?
Adequate planning and preparation prior to an embryo transfer improve chances of success while eliminating, or reducing, the chances of failure. One must be prepared for contingencies and not everything always goes according to plan. Being patient, and positive definitely helps because setbacks can be plenty and not all steps will be plain and simple.
Prior to Embryo Transfer:
A lot of preparation can be done prior to the embryo transfer to maximize the potential of a successful transfer. A successful transfer, is, of course, a precursor to a successful pregnancy. Ask your doctor about all your queries, be open about your apprehensions and be fully aware of what to expect as you look forward to the day of embryo transfer.
Also, be diligent with your medication and diet. Follow the advice of your doctors and make sure any deviations are reported back to the clinician. There is little merit in taking all the advice and following very little of it.
In terms of planning, do plan in advance your hospital visit on the day of the transfer. Don’t leave things to chance and make sure your travel, logistics, insurance, etc., are all sorted so that you aren’t dealing with unnecessary stress on the day of the transfer. Stay calm, don’t rush, and definitely don’t stress it.
On the Day of the Embryo Transfer
- Take medication as instructed
- Be prepared for the USG scan, a full bladder is necessary for the same
- Stay relaxed and follow the instructions
- Ask questions, if you have any
- Have a post-transfer discussion with your doctor
Following the embryo transfer
Once the embryo transfer is complete, it is now to wait a couple of weeks before the pregnancy tests can be taken, and pregnancy can be confirmed. During this period, it is imperative to continue with the medications if any, following the doctors’ advice, and remain patient without getting too anxious. Now that the transfer is complete, it is to wait for the embryo to get implanted successfully – don’t worry, not everyone has successful implantation the very first time.
Failures are common, and it is important to learn from every failure, why?
There will be a few symptomatic changes evidenced – some may be common, some less so. Don’t read too much into the symptoms and pre-conclude the result of your pregnancy.