What to do while you wait

What to do while you wait

Once the IVF procedures are complete, you will have to wait two weeks to find out if treatment has been successful. To spend the time well, follow these tips.

Rest is particularly important for the first three days. After this, continue to take things easy for the remainder of the two weeks.

Do no exercise other than gentle walking – avoid lifting and anaerobic exercise.

Relaxation and deep breathing exercises are important.

Drink 2 litres of water a day (and no coffee or tea).

Eat healthily and take a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement including omega-3.

Visualize the embryo embedding in your uterus, and practise breathing and relaxation exercises.

Keep yourself occupied so you don’t spend all day wondering and worrying.

Consider acupuncture (with a practitioner experienced in treating IVF patients) as it is thought to make the endometrium more receptive to implantation. Drink plenty of water ‘ather

Don’t become obsessed with watching for âœsymptoms❠of pregnancy. The than drinks containing caffeine,

extra progesterone you will be taking can produce confusing side effects. which can affect fertility.

Embryo transfer The embryos are graded 1 to 4, with grade 1 being the best. Embryos with a high grade seem to produce higher pregnancy rates, but this is by no means always the case. Usually, just one or two suitable embryos are transferred. (Clinics must abide by the guidelines of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, which are intended to prevent multiple births.)

Transfer takes place between 48 hours and five days after fertilization. This is done using a tiny, flexible catheter inserted through the cervix. Embryos are deposited near the top of the uterus. Ideally, you should have an empty bladder so avoid drinking too many fluids on the day of the transfer.

If you were not started on a course of progesterone at the egg retrieval stage, you will be given the hormone now.

The two-week wait This can seem interminable and emotionally draining as patients anxiously count the days to find out if they are pregnant. Rest and recuperation are essential, at least for the first three days after transfer, to give the embryos the best chance to embed in the womb lining. Your clinic will arrange for a blood test to be done after 14 days. This is the only accurate way of knowing if you are pregnant, so if at all possible, try to avoid doing a home pregnancy test beforehand. They can sometimes give misleading results, especially if they are done too early.

The eggs and sperm are then mixed The mixture is then examined to see if Selected embryos will be transferred into

together in a Petri dish. fertilization has taken place. the uterus using a small, flexible catheter.

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