Busting myths about embryo transfer- what every IVF patient needs to know

One of the major issues about IVF treatment is the number of myths and misconceptions with surround embryo transfer .

Many patients are still very confused about the difference between embryo transfer and embryo implantation , and why its better to do a blastocyst transfer , rather than a day 3 transfer . Unless you clear these doubts , you will never be sure that you are receiving top quality medical care.

The biggest problem is that there are many prescriptions and proscriptions about embryo transfer and they come from both doctors as well as grandmothers .

Thus, you will get conflicting advice as to the importance of bed-rest; whether its safe to go back to work; and what foods to eat.

Please remember that we do an embryo transfer , we are just mimicking what should have normally happened in the bedroom , but is not happening in the bedroom because of a problem, such as a low sperm count or blocked tubes .

The only difference is that normally, in vivo , the embryo reaches the uterus through the fallopian tubes , while when we do IVF we put it back into the uterus through a hollow plastic embryo transfer catheter , through the cervix .

The point is that once an embryo reaches the uterus , it doesnt care whether it spent 5 days in the fallopian tube , of 5 days in the test tube . Once its inside the uterus , it is safe and secure, because the uterus is designed to keep the embryo safe , and mother nature has done an extremely good job over the last thousands of years of evolution, with perpetuating the human species !

Once an embryo is inside the uterus , it is safe like a pearl in an oyster.

The worst thing which you can possibly do is start treating yourself up as a patient , and take all kinds of unnecessary precautions , which are supposed to increase the chance of the embryo implanting. The truth is that you are not a patient you are a healthy woman, and we are just helping you to have a baby !

No matter what you do or dont do - you cannot affect the outcome , because implantation is a biological process which we cannot influence .

We have to accept the fact that medical technology has its limitations , and if you are willing to be patient , its just a matter of time that you will finally get pregnant, as long as you transfer top quality blastocysts into a uterus with a receptive endometrium .

Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.