The Final Step in IVF
In vitro fertilization (IVF) has helped many hopeful parents struggling with infertility to grow their families. Double board-certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist Dr. Ali R. Guerami performs egg retrieval, fertilization, and embryo transfer using state-of-the-art methods.
Embryo transfer is the final step in IVF, and it can be performed at either of our two locations in Frisco and Dallas, TX. Our friendly team will help you prepare for the process and explain what to expect during your recovery to ensure that you feel safe and informed.
What Is an Embryo Transfer?
An embryo transfer is the final step of the IVF process. It occurs a few days after Dr. Guerami retrieves and fertilizes your eggs in a state-of-the-art lab. During this relatively simple but important step, Dr. Guerami will transfer a blastocyst (a five-day-old embryo), directly into the uterus in hopes of beginning conception and pregnancy. Dr. Guerami prefers to use blastocysts because they have the greatest chance of successfully implanting and have shown higher success rates than embryos in earlier stages of development.
This five-day period also gives our team more time to accurately monitor the quality of the eggs and choose the most viable one for the transfer. During this time, you can also choose to have genetic testing completed on the embryos.
Any healthy embryos that are created during a round of retrieval and fertilization that are not used in your embryo transfer can be frozen and used later, if needed.
What to Expect during Embryo Transfer
The embryo transfer is a relatively simple and painless procedure that rarely requires the use of sedation. It can be compared to the experience of undergoing a pap smear.
Using a speculum to keep the vaginal walls open, Dr. Guerami will insert a catheter through your cervix into your womb. The carefully selected embryo will pass through this catheter into your uterus. During this process, you should not feel any pain.
Throughout the transfer, Dr. Guerami will use ultrasound sonography to navigate your cervix, uterus, and ovaries for greater accuracy. Following the transfer, most patients rest in the recovery room for a few hours before going home.
After implantation, our advice is to relax, continue living a healthy lifestyle, and refrain from activities that can cause uterine contractions.
After Your Transfer
Approximately two weeks after your transfer, you will attend a follow-up appointment to determine whether implantation was successful. In the meantime, you should watch for early symptoms of pregnancy, including a missed period, nausea, and tenderness or swelling of the breasts.
Our team understands that it can be difficult to remain patient during this time, but we recommend that you refrain from taking at-home pregnancy tests because they can give false positives or inaccurate results. Many women are curious about what they can do during this time to help with implantation, but our only advice is to relax, continue living a healthy lifestyle, and refrain from activities that can cause uterine contractions such as intercourse and rough exercise.
Learn More Today
When undergoing an embryo transfer at our practice, you can experience peace of mind knowing that a double board-certified doctor is performing all of the procedures himself. To speak to our team about infertility and whether IVF is right for you, request a consultation online or call our office location nearest you.
“Helping patients build a family is my passion. I am completely invested in your treatment and will apply my full knowledge and abilities to achieve your goals.” Dr. Guerami