Is bed rest needed after embryo transfer?

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Answer from: Raúl Olivares, MD

Gynaecologist, Medical Director & Owner Barcelona IVF
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No, it isn’t. We do not recommend bed rest after the embryo transfer because there is no evidence that it increases the implantation rate. In some cases, it could be even more stressful for patients than leading a normal life.

In regard to this, there is a study that has been carried out many years ago. A clinic was cancelled due to ethical reasons. The group of patients who remained at the clinic, and they were in a bed-rest had significantly worse pregnancy rates, than those that went back home and started leading a completely normal life.

A couple of hours of relative rest or even on the same day, not in bed, you can stay at home, avoid some physical efforts, and that’s it. Whatever happens afterwards is going to happen regardless of what you do.

Answer from: Ali Enver Kurt, MD

Gynaecologist, Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynecology Vita Altera IVF Center
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Answer from: Rami Wakim, MD FRCOG FACOG FICS

Gynaecologist, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine Phoenix Hospital Group
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Should I rest in bed just after embryo transfer, and how long?

Is bed rest after ET recommended by clinicians? If so, how much rest do I need? How important is it to rest after ET, or is it harmful?

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