What is embryo transfer and when embryo implantation occurs?

Embryo transfer is one of the crucial steps of IVF treatment, during this a fertilized egg or says, an embryo is transferred into the uterus of the female. Once the embryo has been placed successfully in the female’s uterus, one last and essential thing that must happen before a patient is officially pregnant – IMPLANTATION.

Embryo implantation occurs when the embryo gets attached to the endometrial lining of the uterus.  Implantation of an embryo usually takes after 1-5 days of the embryo transfer. The success rate of embryo implantation depends on two factors –

  1. The quality of the embryo
  2. The receptiveness of the uterus

If a woman suffers from poor egg quality then it is possible, the embryo which then forms will be deficient in its healthy nature to accomplish the task of implantation. Those women, who have a poor quality of eggs, can go for the option of donor egg IVF. True, donor egg IVF increases the chances of both – implantation rate and healthy pregnancy.


To follow correct and timely medication –

A female has to follow all the direction of fertility medications. Whether a female is using her fresh embryo or a frozen embryo transfer, she will be likely to take progesterone and some other supportive medications. Make sure a female follows the proper direction from the clinic and the time of how the medicines supposed to take.

A couple can go for PGD before their embryo transfer – 

A couple also can settle on the procedure of PGD before their embryo transfer. PGD technique, true, PGD is one of the latest techniques of ART methodology and is used to eliminate those embryos, which has either chromosomal abnormalities or carries a genetic disorder. PGD is used by those couples or preferred for those couples, who have a past history of any kind of genetic issue or chromosomal defects.

Ask your doctor about estrogens and progesterone supplementation. A well-planned hormone supplementation both before the embryo transfer and after transfer help to prepare and support the endometrial lining so that the embryo gets an ideal environment for implantation and healthy growth.

You can ask for Assisted Hatching Procedure before embryo transfer –

A couple can also go Assisted Hatching. Embryo, at its early stage, is enclosed by a thin membrane, referred as zona pellucida. During assisted hatching, embryologist creates a tiny hole in the zona pellucida and this in turns increases the rate of implantation of an embryo into the uterine wall.


Be active but say No to excessive work-out – 

Many of the females after their embryo transfer think that rest is mandatory in order to make the embryo attaches to the uterine wall; it’s not true actually. This thing is obviously appropriate that a woman must have to avoid vigorous exercise and heavy workout but she should not run off from her day to day activity after embryo transfer.

So, basically, a woman need not restrict all her basic activities, she can go for a pleasant walk in the evening with her partner, meditate and calm her mind, meet with those persons who motivates you and makes you positive.

It is strictly recommended for a female not to do tough exercise, this is because difficult exercise stimulates a female’s uterine contraction and if it occurs then there is the risk of negative response of embryo implantation.

Not to do Sexual Intercourse –

True! Sexual intercourse should also be avoided during these days. Some fertility clinic might have a different opinion regarding this statement but it is sure, while you do intercourse, uterine contraction occurs and this, in turn, causes an adverse effect on woman’s implantation rate. So, it is better to walk on the safe side and avoid sexual intercourse for some time.

Ease your mind and Calm your thoughts – 

Some women, after their embryo transfers unconsciously over-think of their future outcome and this over-thinking soon converts into STRESS and TENSION. Women, who already have been undergone so much in the weeks of her IVF up to the embryo transfer, such as regular medications, hormonal injections, collection of the eggs and then the step comes embryo transfer, you need to cheer up yourself despite being stressed or so. This is an important time to make you at ease and nurture.

Sleep enough and do that work that makes you happy. It’s okay and good to watch movies, serials. Enjoy your time and be positive. It happens at rare cases, some females feel anxious and stressed so for them, the best option is to go for a walk with your partner and have a sweet talk together, this all the things adds happiness in life.

No to say hot Shower –

Yes! This is one of the important points, which has to be taken care of by the women who have completed her embryo transfer. Things you have to avoid are- taking hot tubs, hot yoga- by doing these activities, the female may raise her internal temperature and this should be totally avoidable.

Correct, women after embryo transfer need to take care of her bathing style. Things, which a woman can do is to avoid taking hot tubs, hot yoga. These are some activities doing which female raises her internal temperature and this is, in turn, affects the embryo implantation.

A woman can have a soothing lukewarm shower (as per the recommendation by your fertility expert).

Eat the way as if you are Pregnant –

YES! One of the important questions that come in the mind of the female at this time is – what to eat and what not to.

So, for them, who are puzzled about their dietary plan chart, let them be aware- No need to feel conscious about your chart plan. Just eat as if you are pregnant. Have lots of implantation diet, drink fresh water and healthy foods. Be on green vegetables, fresh fruits, protein, fiber-containing products, etc.

You have to quit oily foods, outside packet closed things and stale products, which contain high-mercury fish, soft cheese. You should seek a perfect consultation or diet schedule from your fertility expert. She will give the best guidance looking at your case.

One important factor after or even before embryo transfer is to avoid Alcohol, nicotine, usage of drugs and caffeine- these are some harmful substances that cause a negative result of embryo implantation.

The Bottom line –

These are some vital factors, which a woman should do after or before her embryo transfer to get a favorable result in her implantation results and of course the test of pregnancy. You can directly communicate the expert about the dosage of the supplement. Supplements of vitamin or mineral have a beneficial impact on these days. A woman can add a supplement of folic acid, vitamin D and also vitamin B.