30 May After Embryo Transfer Precautions
Successful implantation of an embryo after in vitro fertilization (IVF) transfer depends exclusively on the embryo itself as well as its implantation potential. There are certain precautions that one can take though which can help to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.
Post Transfer Precautions
The following are some of the most common suggestions and recommendations made to IVF patients who have had an embryo transfer done:
- Resting for 30 minutes after the procedure is performed – after about half an hour’s rest at the medical facility where the embryo transfer is done, the patient can go home and continue their normal daily routines.
- Normal daily routines – one can continue with normal daily activities such as walking, going out, driving, and even work.
- Avoid rigorous physical activities – vigorous sports and heavy lifting should be avoided after an embryo transfer.
- Make sure one drinks plenty of water – drinking an adequate amount of water is always recommended in order to maintain a sufficient hydration status. Salt intake should also be restricted as much as possible.
- Avoid immersing oneself in hot water – patients who have had an embryo transfer should avoid immersing themselves in hot water present in bathtubs, swimming pools, and on the beach in order to avoid developing an infection from microorganisms present in these environments.
- Pelvic rest – this term refers to not engaging in sexual intercourse before the pregnancy test is taken after the embryo transfer is done.
- Medications – it is recommended that the only medications that are allowed to be used are those prescribed by the patient’s obstetrician/OBGYN. Hormonal therapy is initiated in patients after the embryo transfer is done and the patient needs to be told by her doctor what dosage needs to be taken when and also to make a note of when any dosage changes occur at which time.
- Reduce stress and anxiety – stressing about the potential pregnancy can cause the body to release stress hormones which constrict the blood vessels of the body in general. When this happens there is compromised blood flow to areas such as the lining of the uterus and this can hamper implantation of the embryo. Taking part in relaxing leisure activities and hobbies can help to reduce stress and thus the production of such hormones. Deep breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation can also help to reduce stress and anxiety by getting the patient more relaxed.
- Reducing or stopping the intake of caffeine – caffeine has been associated with a higher risk of miscarriage so this is an important suggestion for women who have had IVF performed on them.
The best thing to do is to continue normally with one’s daily routines and lifestyle without making too many changes and also not obsessing too much about getting pregnant. With that being said, it is easier to offer this advice than for patients to follow it as they do go on a long and challenging journey when trying to conceive if they do have fertility issues.
Hopefully, the mentioned measures will help to improve the chances of conception in those who do undergo embryo transfers.