For many women, the period between embryo transfer and the first pregnancy test can be filled with anticipation. It is completely normal to be feeling a little anxious during this time, so it can be helpful to understand the process that is taking place in your body while you wait for the result.
What is the implantation process?
The embryo transfer process is an integral part of your IVF treatment, which essentially sees an embryo transferred into your womb following fertilisation. Around 3-5 days after your collected eggs have been fertilised, one embryo is transferred into the uterus via a catheter inserted into the vagina.
The embryo transfer process is much simpler than egg collection and does not need sedation – it will feel similar to a smear test.
How long does it take for the embryo to successfully implant?
The amount of time the process can take does vary for each woman. Ultrasound scans are used to monitor the growth of the uterine lining until it is optimal for the embryo transfer. Once the embryo has been inserted, it will begin to break out of its shell, and it may take between 1-5 days for the embryo to stick to the uterus lining.
When will I know if implantation has been successful?
Two weeks after embryo transfer, you can either take a regular pregnancy test at home, or come into the clinic for a blood test. A blood test measures levels of hormones in the blood that decipher more accurately whether the procedure has resulted in a successful pregnancy.
Although you may understandably be excited to find out if you are pregnant early on, to ensure your results are accurate, it’s important to not take a pregnancy test until 14 days have passed since the embryo transfer.
Throughout the entire process, you can always speak to one of our team if you have any questions or concerns – we are always on hand and happy to help make your IVF journey as smooth as possible.
If you are looking to get started with IVF treatment, get in touch with us today to book your initial consultation and find out how we can help.