Stay Positive after Embryo Transfer
In the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, sperm are introduced to the egg for fertilization outside the woman’s body. The fertilized organism is referred to as an embryo. After the embryo has been cultured in an incubator for a few days, it is transferred to the uterus of the female partner. When the embryo successfully implants inside the uterus, pregnancy is the result.
After the embryo transfer, patients were traditionally advised to take bed rest. The aim was to keep stress at bay, which can be detrimental to the implantation process. However, now it’s generally thought that bed rest isn’t required, particularly if remaining inactive leads to patient stress.
Leaving the bed rest debate aside, there are other precautions and some suggestions that are recommended after the embryo transfer.
Things to do:
- Interact with people who encourage positivity and a relaxed state of mind.
- Carry on with everyday life and keep the mind busy.
- Take prescribed medications religiously.
- Laugh! An Israeli study of 219 women undergoing IVF treatment found that the odds of success were greater among patients who were entertained by a professional medical clown right after the embryo transfer.1
Things to avoid:
- A sudden change in diet.
- Activities that increase the body’s temperature like steaming, sauna, hot tubs, etc. An increased temperature can harm the embryo and hinder its growth.
- Any activity or interaction that causes stress. It’s important to remain positive and relaxed.
- A prolonged period of inactivity.
- Though it’s important to remain active, avoid heavy lifting.
In short, it’s important to stay busy, positive and stress-free. Encourage your family and friends to keep you in a positive state of mind. And remember that IVF success can require several attempts.
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