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What to expect from the embryo transfer

By 3rd April 2016 ALL THINGS IVF

IVF embryo transfer: the most exciting part of the process. You’ve gone through the entire IVF process and now you are arriving at the hospital or clinic to collect your precious embryo/s. Everything you have been working towards suddenly makes complete sense.

What to expect from the IVF embryo transfer

Our IVF embryo transfer was a really exciting experience. We arrived at the hospital to collect our little embryo and we were offered the opportunity to transfer more than one (we had three fertilised embryos). We had to decide there and then how many we wanted to have transferred and I wish my husband and I had discussed this before hand. Of course we had talked about it but we had never properly decided how many we would want to transfer as we never believed we would even be lucky enough to have that choice. When we were asked to decide, I was really keen to have two transferred because I always wanted more than one child and I thought this would be my only shot, so I was keen to try for twins. My husband was much more cautious and said that he felt uncomfortable with the amount of extra pressure twins would put on my body, not to mention the possible complications of multiple births, so we agreed to just transfer one and have the other two frozen for when we were ready to try for baby number two.

What’s involved in the IVF embryo transfer process?

We were then taken into theatre and the nurses set up the scan so my husband and I could see the embryo going in. We watched the screen very closely and when they placed the embryo in my uterus, we saw an amazing white, bright flashing light. It was incredibly special. Sometimes I look at my little boy and I remember that flashing light and I still can’t believe that he’s here.

Once they had transferred our embryo, we were told to go home and relax. So that’s what we did. All the way through to testing day, two weeks later.

For more information on what’s involved in an egg transfer during IVF, or how to prepare your body to receive an embryo, download How to Cope with IVF.

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