Answer from: Raúl Olivares, MD
There’s nothing really that should be avoided before the embryo transfer, of course, if you have been through an IVF and your ovaries have been stimulated, and you’ve gone through an egg collection, these ovaries could be bigger and more tender than usual. There could also be a low risk of bleeding if you are too active, or you do an activity really strong intensity. In terms of what can have an impact on an embryo transfer, that’s fine.
There’s nothing you can do, the things that we recommend in between the egg collection and the embryo transfer are more things related to reducing the risk of complications after the egg collection. It’s the same for the things that we recommend during the stimulation and before starting the treatment. It’s mostly related to being sure that you are in your best condition if you get pregnant. Also, you are not going to do anything that can reduce the chances.
Once you have started the stimulation and until the embryo transfer, the recommendations are usually looking for reducing the risk of having complications like bleeding, pain, bloatedness, and things like that. In terms of increasing the efficiency of an embryo transfer, there is nothing special you can do.
Answer from: Harry Karpouzis, MD, MRCOG, DIUE
Before embryo transfer, there are two things women should take care of. First of all, it is very important to have a full bladder. Again, it is very important that the bladder is not completely full. What we usually advise our patients before the embryo transfer is to empty the bladder in the morning and then drink about 4 glasses of water. If the bladder is very full, this sometimes can cause problems during the embryo transfer and passing of the catheter.
Also, it is important to avoid sexual intercourse in the morning and the night before as orgasm can increase the contractions of the uterus. Regarding vagina medication, at our unit, we do not have a problem with that, a patient can put it in the morning. Generally, it is important to make sure that the patient is not stressed. Have a good night’s sleep the day before. Avoid wearing perfume, especially alcohol-based perfume, because this can cause problems to the embryo during the procedure.
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