A Step by Step Guide Through the IVF Process

The Embryo Transfer

  • A small catheter (tube) through which the embryos are injected, is placed through the cervix into the uterus.
  • Antibiotics are taken by mouth to prevent infection.
  • Ultrasound is often used to help guide the placement of the catheter.
  • Bed rest at home is recommended for the following day.
  • Most embryo transfers are performed on the 3rd day after egg retrieval.
  • Three to five of the fastest growing embryos are selected. If there are additional embryos, cryopreservation may be an option.
  • Day 5 transfers are usually suggested when the patient is at great risk of high order multiple birth (triplets or more).

Day 5 Embryo Transfer

  • When conception occurs naturally, the embryo arrives in the uterus at the blastocyst stage, 5-6 days after ovulation.
  • Embryos in the lab that grow to the blastocyst stage are more likely to implant, allowing us to transfer fewer embryos without lowering the chance of pregnancy.
  • Recommendations for day of transfer are made on an individual basis.
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