Embryo transfer (ET) is performed on the 2nd-6th day after egg extraction.
The ET day and count of the embryos for transfer in each case is determined individually considering factors such as embryo quality, quantity, the woman’s age and previous medical history. Latvian legislation states that one or two, but no more than three embryos can be transferred at a time.
For embryo transfer, you will be asked to arrive with a full bladder at a set time. The ET procedure itself only takes a few minutes and is not painful. Before the transfer, the embryologists and physicians will tell you how many embryos will be placed in the uterus.
The embryologist will place the selected embryo or embryos together with the transfer environment in a special transfer catheter and the doctor will lead it through the cervix of the uterus and release in the cavity. The procedure is performed under ultrasound control. Then embryologist examines the catheter under a microscope to see if the embryo is not stuck to the wall of the catheter (rare, but it happens).
The remaining good quality embryos the embryologist will freeze in special tubes.
After the embryo transfer, it is important to follow an even tenor of life the first 24-48 hours. Bed rest is not mandatory. Do not drink alcohol, smoke, do not take a hot tub or sauna.
It is important to remember that the risk of multiple gestations is increased if several good quality embryos are placed in the uterus. Before the procedure ask your doctor about any unclear issues related to multiple gestation risks and complications.