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What care needs to be taken pre and post embryo transfer?

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(A little more care, as your baby, is in there)

Most women today prefer to follow their dreams and passion before planning on a family but are often worried about postponing the pregnancy.  Many misconceptions with irrelevant or incomplete information, from unreliable sources, have caused great confusion on how to decide between career and conception.  A fear exists that postponing pregnancy could result in a permanent loss.  Thankfully, Reproductive Medicine has made development to an extent where women can now fearlessly decide their priorities.  A lot of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are now available with which the decision-making in such cases becomes easier.  One such medical wonder is the frozen embryo transfer (FET).

In addition to the above, couples who have serious health issues undergoing treatment that could carry a risk of damage to the sperm or egg can also choose to store the embryos and opt for transfer and conception post-treatment after the period of recovery.

Understanding FET

Frozen embryo transfer is a step in IVF cycle where one or more embryos are frozen to enable these embryos to be stored. These stored embryos are then used at a later date when the woman desires to conceive.

How to prepare for embryo freezing?

Once you are ready for the embryo transfer, there is not much to do in terms of medications as you would have already received if any are required.  The most important thing to look at before the embryo transfer is to make sure the embryos are viable and healthy so that the chances of successful implantation are very high.  The doctor also performs a preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) to check for any chromosomal abnormalities and choose the best embryo so that it results in a successful pregnancy and the delivery of a healthy baby.  PGS is done to check for certain conditions like:

  • Fragile X or other genetic disorders.
  • Tay Sachs
  • Cystic fibrosis.

Once the healthy embryos are chosen, they are implanted into the uterus for further pregnancy to occur.

What care needs to be taken post embryo transfer?

The period between the implantation of the embryo and the confirmation of pregnancy, the two-week waiting period, is accompanied with by a lot of emotions that could involve happiness as well as anxiousness, but it is extremely important to stay relaxed and calm and let your body prepare for the success of the procedure.  It is the time to nurture yourself and take care of your mind and body.  There are a lot of ways to keep yourself at ease and relaxed and give your body the time to prepare for the good news.  Some of the best practices are:

  • Ensure good sleep.
  • Watch a good movie.
  • Listen to music.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Eat a nutritious diet.
  • Engage in a happy conversation with family or friends.

While above are some things you should consider, there are also certain things that you should avoid. 

Some of the things that you should avoid after a FET are:

  • Avoid vigorous physical activity.
  • Refrain from sexual activity in the period immediately following the procedure.
  • Refrain from tobacco and alcohol.
  • Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures.
  • Avoid exposure to toxic substances.

With all the above, it is always advisable to regularly follow up with your healthcare professional who will guide you through the entire process and be your strong support system until the delivery of your baby.

The procedure involves a lot of expertise and is therefore very important to be performed by a specialist.  It is advisable to approach the best fertility hospital.

GarbhaGudi IVF Centre has recently been ranked as one among the top 10 IVF centres in India and has some of the best fertility doctors in Bangalore performing the procedure successfully and helping couples experience the joy of parenting with proper planning before delaying conception.

GarbhaGudi IVF Centre – Helping you with that extra care that you deserve.

For further details, you can also write to GarbhaGudi at dreams@garbhagudi.com or directly talk to our team at 8880000909

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