Embryo transfer is a simple procedure that follows in vitro fertilization (IVF) and is often considered the simplest and final step of the IVF process. The objective of embryo transfer is to facilitate conception following fertilization from the IVF procedure. Embryos are generally transferred to the woman’s uterus at the 2-8 cell stage. Embryos may be transferred anytime between day 1 through day 6 after the retrieval of the egg, although it is usually between days 2-4. Some clinics are now allowing the embryo to reach blastocysts stage before transferring, which occurs around day 5.
With the first embryo transfer, I was so excited. I thought for sure it would take. It was a time in my life where I really needed some good news. I did a lot of research and read that IVF success rates have improved over recent years and one factor is the increased use of blastocyst transfer when the embryo is five days old. 45 percent of patients under the age of 30 become pregnant following IVF with blastocyst transfer. A blastocyst is an embryo which has developed to the point of having two different cell components and a fluid cavity. Human embryos from in vitro fertilization in culture in an IVF lab, usually reach blastocyst stage by day five after fertilization. The best embryos are selected and implanted while the others are frozen.
So with the continued success of IVF, I was confident that she would be pregnant. Nov 25th they did the first transfer. Then I waited 15 days when they measure her HCG levels to see if she is pregnant. Those were the longest 15 days of my life. I tried to get my mind off of it but no use. I went about my days thinking of this little embryo attaching herself to the womb. I felt that something so positive had to turn out for the best. Right?