Once embryos are transferred into the uterus, it typically takes 10 days until hCG levels are high enough to detect on a pregnancy test. However, many of Iranian Surgery patients prefer to know what should be happening at each day so they can imagine the progress and look forward to that final day when they can see if the treatment has been successful. In some cases, patients experience a false negative on day 10 and it is always worth taking additional pregnancy tests 2-4 days afterwards.
Day by Day After a 5-Day Transfer
Once your embryos have been transferred, you are essentially waiting for them to implant and for certain hormone levels to rise to order to sustain the pregnancy. This is a day by day look at what should happen following a successful transfer:
Day 1: The blastocyst begins to hatch out of the shell – this is called hatching. The cells will carry on dividing throughout this process.
Day 2: The blastocyst continues hatching and begins to attach itself to the uterine lining – this is an incredibly important part of the process.
Day 3: The blastocyst attaches deeper into the uterine lining and implantation begins. It’s perfectly normal to experience some bleeding or spotting around this time and it’s not a cause for concern.
Day 4: The blastocyst digs deeper into the uterus and attaches to the endometrial blood supply. Some people experience more bleeding at this stage, but a lack of bleeding or spotting also doesn’t mean that it has not been successful.
Day 5: Implantation is considered complete and the embryo is developing, along with the cells that will eventually become the placenta.
Day 6: Placenta cells secrete hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which is the hormone picked up in pregnancy tests. The hormone triggers increased progesterone release in the first trimester to enrich the uterus lining and sustain the growing embryo/foetus.
Day 7: The embryo is now a foetus and yet more hCG is present in the blood stream as the placenta continues to develop.
How to Improve Chances of Successful Implantation
Many of our patients ask how they can improve their chances of success after an embryo transfer. Contrary to popular belief, bed rest or lying in strange positions will not help your chances of success. We recommend that you relax after your transfer for a day or so, but this is not essential. Avoid excessive exercise (walking or gentle movement is fine), do not lift anything heavy, or take a hot bath since heat can harm the embryo’s progress. It’s best to have moderately warm showers until the 9th or 10th day. Many patients find it helpful to focus on work or a project to make the wait easier.
About Iranian Surgery
Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best doctors and fertility specialists in Iran. The price of IVF in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined by an in-person assessment with the doctor.
For more information about the cost of IVF in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number 0098 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.
What are the Positive Pregnancy Signs after Embryo Transfer?
A positive embryo transfer indicates a successful conception, which means your pregnancy has begun. Therefore, the signs and symptoms of a positive embryo transfer are almost the same as the early signs of pregnancy. After the embryo is implanted in the uterus and pregnancy begins, you can expect to experience changes in your body. Here are some signs that your embryo transfer has been successful: . Pelvic pain and discomfort – You will experience mild to moderate discomfort and cramping in the abdomen, lower back, and pelvis. These are known as implantation cramping. These signs and symptoms may be similar to menstrual cramps. . Sore and swollen breasts – You can expect certain changes in your areola and nipples. Most women experience some breast pain and swelling. . Fatigue – It is common to feel tired and sleepy during pregnancy. However, you may feel extremely tired after the embryo transfer due to changes in hormone levels. You will feel very sleepy or tired, especially after eating a meal. . Nausea and vomiting – In the later stages of embryo transfer, you may experience mild levels of nausea and even vomiting. Commonly known as morning sickness, these symptoms are usually seen in the early days of pregnancy. . Food Aversions – After a successful embryo transfer, aversion to certain foods and smells is normal. . Changes in vaginal discharge – A positive embryo transfer can lead to increased vaginal discharge due to changes in hormone levels. The extra amount of vaginal discharge helps maintain the optimal state of the endometrium for implantation. . Light bleeding or Spotting – Sometimes, you may also experience light bleeding halfway (7 days) through the two weeks. It is known as implantation bleeding. . Increased urge to urinate – hCG pregnancy hormones are injected during the IVF cycle. These hormones can cause frequent urination in women. An increased urge to urinate is also one of the symptoms of pregnancy. . Missed period – Missing your periods after an embryo transfer is a sign of successful implantation and indicates that pregnancy has begun. . No symptoms – Some women may also experience no symptoms of frozen embryo transfer. Having no symptoms does not mean that your embryo transfer has failed.
How to Prevent Implantation Failure?
There are stories of various home remedies, nutritional supplements, or foods you can take to improve implantation failure that have no scientific data to back them up. Instead, we provide you with steps you can take with your doctor to increase your chances of implantation. . If you haven’t changed your lifestyle to be healthier, start it. This improves the quality of the eggs and sperm and leads to higher-quality embryos. . Ask your doctor to use Pre-implantation Genetic Testing to see which embryos are of higher quality and therefore have a better chance of implantation. . Choose Assisted Hatching to give the embryo the best chance of implantation, especially if you are going through a frozen cycle. . If the problem is with the uterine lining, going for a frozen embryo transfer can be helpful. With frozen embryos, doctors can optimize the uterine lining to make it more receptive. . Ask for tests like ALICE, ERA, and EMMA to find out about the condition of your uterine lining and determine when your uterus is most receptive. . Ask for immunology tests, such as Natural Killer Cell tests to find out if the cause of your infertility is immunological.
What Causes Implantation Failure?
There are various reasons for failure of implantation. Implantation is one of the natural processes that occur during IVF. After the transfer phase, there is little that doctors and patients can do to prevent implantation failure. All measures taken are either preventative or what is learned from a failed cycle informs the decisions made in the next cycle. . The lining of the uterus is too thin to support an embryo. . The blastocyst had a good morphology but had genetic abnormalities. . The patient has hormonal or anatomical problems that prevent the implantation of the embryo. . The immune system sees the embryo as a foreign object and does not allow it to implant. In some cases, the cause of implantation failure cannot be determined.
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