Dr (TCM) Attilio D'Alberto
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What to do after embryo transfer

Most IVF clinics will recommend carrying on as normal once you've had the embryo transfer. However, I believe there are several things you can do to help implantation and increase the success rate of your IVF treatment.

Once the embryos have been transferred back into the IVF patient, the IVF embryo will move closer to the embryo wall and if at blastocyst stage will start to hatch and attach. A non blastocyst embryo will need to grow more before it hatches and attaches to the uterus wall.

To help increase the chance of the embryo implanting and the IVF treatment being successful, I recommend these tips:

  • After the embryo transfer procedure lie down for a while
  • Rest as much as you can, although you don't need bed rest
  • Lie down and imagine your energy and blood going to your uterus
  • Carry on with your normal activities but act as if you are pregnant
  • Sleep early
  • Have acupuncture to assist with embryo implantation as this increases pregnancy rates
  • Staying positive is important. Research has shown being positive increases success rates of a IVF cycle
  • During the week wait try to distract yourself with nice things, lunch with friends or family or watch TV box sets
  • Don't watch any scary movies as being shocked and scared can affect the embryo implanting

After IVF transfer what not to do

Here is a list of things to not do after IVF transfer:

  • Don't exercise, rest instead
  • Don't do anything heavy lifting
  • Don't have hot baths or use a sun bed or sauna
  • Don't have sex
  • Don't sleep later than 10pm
  • Don't eat any shell fish, blue cheese, uncooked meats, sushi and processed meats
  • Don't place any heat on your abdomen. If you're cold, put heat on your lower back instead
  • Don't take the pregnancy test earlier as it could give a false negative result