After the embryo transfer, you need to wait for 2 weeks to find out what the outcome of the treatment will be. These are often the longest 2 weeks of your life - and this is what patients dread the most. While there's lot of activity and excitement during the first half of the IVF treatment ( taking shots, doing scans, collecting the eggs and admiring your embryos) , after the embryo transfer you are on hold for 2 weeks. IVF clinics simply tell patients to lead a normal life - and all they are told to do is to take their medications for luteal phase support. This long wait , without any medical supervision, can be nerve wracking for most patients.

Patients are often not sure about what they can or cannot do during buying Cialis online this period. Your IVF doctor may tell you it's safe to do everything, but your mother may insist you need bed rest, to prevent your embryos from falling out ! Bed rest is one of the commonest prescriptions many older women provide, without realizing the harm it can do.

What happens if you get a cough ? Should you consult your internist ? or your IVF doctor? Is it safe to take antibiotics if your physician tells you do to do so ? What kind of medicines should you take if you have constipation ? fever ? headaches ? You may feel that your IVF clinic has abandoned you during this period.

Because you are taking IVF treatment, even your family physician is reluctant to prescribe medication , since his understanding of the IVF treatment maybe limited. He does not want to cause any problems which may affect your chances of success, and may advice you to see the IVF specialist for every minor back pain or vaginal discharge. This is a problem because most IVF doctors don't have the time or interest in treating coughs or colds - they will advice you to see your family physician, and you may feel you are just being batted around.

Also, after the embryo transfer, patients are petrified that if they take any medicines, this will cause birth defects in their baby. Many start believing that they are pregnant, and they have been taught that it's best to avoid any medications during pregnancy. Patients think that if the medication can harm the fetus , it can harm the embryo as well. However, this is not true; and these medications are prohibited only after the pregnancy test is positive. Before this point, since the maternal blood supply to the developing embryo is still minimal, the medicines you take during the 2ww will not reach or harm your embryo, which is safe in your uterus.

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

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