In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Embryo Transfer at Ohio Reproductive Medicine
Embryo transfer is the last step of an IVF procedure. This is when the doctor places the embryo into the uterus for implantation.
The embryo transfer is painless. It feels similar to having an insemination or a pap smear performed. We often use ultrasound to assist and guide in correct placement and we need a full bladder to see well.
The transfer is done after discussing the number of available embryos, the quality of the embryos, and the normal recommendation about how many to transfer. We try to follow the guidelines established by our professional organization, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Generally, we try to avoid multiple pregnancies, including twins, because these pregnancies have a higher risk of miscarriage and other pregnancy complications. We try to have healthy full-term births, and the best chances for that are with a singleton pregnancy. Normally, a woman under 38 years old has 1 to 2 embryos transferred.
More information about how many embryos are transferred is included on the website for the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies.
After the transfer, we ask our patients to remain in the office for 15 minutes and then to be on modified bed rest for the next day. There is no evidence that bed rest or physical activity has any impact on implantation, but at Ohio Reproductive Medicine, we always want to ensure the best possibilities.
Considering IVF Treatment
If you are considering fertility treatments, then look no further than Ohio Reproductive Medicine. Our team of experts will meet with you for a consultation to learn more about your individual needs and fertility issues.
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