How many days should I rest after IVF?

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Answer from: Raúl Olivares, MD

Gynaecologist, Medical Director & Owner Barcelona IVF
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As I always say to my patients, if the outcome is positive, you’re going to be pregnant, not ill. That means that you should not significantly change the style of life after the embryo transfer. In regard to rest, there are a lot of studies that confirm that resting after the embryo transfer does not improve the outcome. In fact, I remember some studies that advice against excessive resting after the embryo transfer because if you keep your mind busy with your usual problems, you are going to focus less on this situation. It has been proved that patients who stay at home, patients who completely change their style of life can get even more stressed because they will start focusing on small things that you may not pay attention to when you are leading a normal life, like if you breast are more tender or less tender, etc.

There was a big study done in one of the clinics in which patients remained in the hospital for several days after the embryo transfer. They had to cancel it from ethical issues because the group that stayed at the hospital has significantly lowered pregnancy rates than those that went home and kept living a normal life.

In my opinion, you must avoid focusing on this kind of things, I know it is very easy to say, but very difficult to do, but try to lead a normal life. Resting makes sense for a couple of hours after the embryo transfer, just to try to relax the uterus, sometimes when we place the catheter inside the uterus, this may lead to some contractions that may interfere with the implantation, but that’s it. After these 2 hours, you can start leading a normal life.

Answer from: Harry Karpouzis, MD, MRCOG, DIUE

Gynaecologist, Founder & Scientific Director IVF Pelargos Fertility Group
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After embryo transfer, there is no clear evidence that says that more than 15-30 minutes of rest plays a very important role. By any means, the implantation happens or does not happen in the next 3-4 days.

What we suggest to the woman is not to exaggerate. On the same day of embryo transfer, we usually suggest is resting as much as possible, which doesn’t mean that she cannot walk or should stay in bed all day, of course. We usually advise, especially for the couples coming from abroad, if possible, not to travel on the same day. Ideally, relax for 1-2 days before travelling back, carry luggage as all those things apart from weight lifting can also increase stress and stress can play an important role in IVF, as well.

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How long should I rest, stay home after the IVF?

Is there a specific period of time that I should rest after the transfer? Is a prolonged rest following embryo transfer necessary?

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