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Embryo Transfer

Embryos resulting from IVF or ICSI are transferred into the uterus for implantation. This is a simple and pain free procedure. The patient may wish to rest for an hour after the transfer though usually this is not necessary.

For embryo transfer, the embryos are drawn into a fine catheter which is inserted through the cervix into the uterus. The embryos are then gently released into it. Most transfers will take place the third day after egg collection. However, we promote the blastocyst transfer on day five where possible. The number of embryos transferred is discussed and will not exceed the legal maximum of three embryos per transfer for women under 40 years of age and four embryos per transfer for women over 40 years of age.

Blastocyst Transfer

Sometimes it may be recommended to extend the development of the embryo until day five. This is known as the blastocyst stage. The blastcysts are transferred to the uterus in the same way as for embryo transfer. Blastocyst transfer is now fairly common in IVF treatment as it increases the chances of pregnancy while decreasing the possibility of multiple births.

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