Embryo Transfer and After Care

Embryo transfer is performed through a small tube (catheter) containing embryo(s) to the thickest part of the uterine lining. This procedure is performed under continuous transabdominal ultrasound guidance for precise placement of embryo(s). Both partners are decide on the number of embryos to transfer and observe the procedure in real time. We routinely provide couples with a photo of the transferred embryo(s).

How Many Embryos are Transferred?

The number of embryos transferred depends on individual circumstances of the couple, and you, your physicians and the embryologist will make this decision collectively.

What Happens with Remaining Embryos?

Couples going through therapy must choose and formalize their choice for handling of any remaining embryos by indicating one of the following options:

  • Freezing (cryopreservation) of remaining embryos for use by the couple in future treatment cycles;
  • Anonymously donating the embryos for use by another infertile couple(s) if the donating couple and the donated embryos meet the screening criteria (you would not receive any money for this donation, nor would they be sold); or
  • Allowing the embryos to develop in the laboratory until they perish, at which time they would be disposed of in a manner consistent with professional ethical standards and applicable legal requirements (this usually occurs within 6-8 days after egg collection).

After-Transfer Care

A routine administration of progesterone and estrogen after the transfer ensures the success of IVF. The dosage and administration of these hormones may vary and are carefully outlined in couples' IVF treatment plan. These hormones are usually continued until 10 to 11 weeks of pregnancy, at which point most couples are transferred to their obstetricians for further pregnancy care.

Our specialists can further discuss the IVF treatment process with you.