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An embryo transfer is the final medical step in an IVF treatment cycle. It is the culmination of this treatment as the embryos are essentially the end-product of the IVF laboratory. Typically, a good IVF clinic that has a good IVF lab generates good quality embryos. After these have been transferred to the woman’s uterus, the doctor’s role just reaches an end and only nature has a role to play in whether and how the embryos will grow in the uterus.
Embryo transfer is one procedure in IVF that has consistently been underestimated and undervalued; this is because it seems too easy as there is no surgery involved. In my opinion, this is the most important step of the entire IVF, as it is the one aspect that can make or break the treatment.
Its not too difficult to teach a junior doctor how an egg collection is done, but it can be very tough to master the skill of embryo transfer, as it seems just too easy when an expert is doing it. These are the embryo transfer steps:
We ask the patient either to breathe slowly, meditate or pray while the transfer is being done. At times, it also helps to distract the patient and it is important for the doctor to be calm and collected. In fact, I always tell junior doctors that they should take a few very deep breaths before they insert the catheter.
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