Deciding which embryo to transfer

On the day your embryos are to be transferred, the embryologist assesses all the embryos once more and gives a detailed report about each one to your doctor. When you arrive at the clinic your doctor discusses the report with you and fills you in on what your options are — which of course depend on how many embryos you have and how they've been graded by the embryologist.

If you have more than one embryo ready for transfer, the extras can be frozen and used later. Hopefully, this means you'll get more than one chance to have a baby from the same stimulated cycle.

Hatching help

A procedure called assisted hatching, developed in the early 1990s, was hailed as a great advancement in the quest to improve pregnancy rates with IVF. The idea was (and still is) that if the zona pellucida (egg shell) is too tough for the embryo to hatch out of, making a small hole in the zona pellucida could help the embryo. The embryologist makes the microscopic hole using a laser beam or by applying a weak acid solution to an area of the zona pellucida a few hours before embryo transfer.

Although assisted hatching wasn't the great success it was cracked up to be, some clinics still offer the procedure, mainly to older women and to women who've had many embryos transferred unsuccessfully.

.jjjABEft Some embryos don't do so well in the incubator and you may find that you have fewer embryos than expected. For example, although you may have had three fertilised eggs the day after egg collection, after two days in the incubator the embryologist may note that two look abnormal in some way or have arrested, meaning that they've stopped developing, and so you have only one embryo ready for transfer.

Pregnancy Diet Plan

Pregnancy Diet Plan

The first trimester is very important for the mother and the baby. For most women it is common to find out about their pregnancy after they have missed their menstrual cycle. Since, not all women note their menstrual cycle and dates of intercourse, it may cause slight confusion about the exact date of conception. That is why most women find out that they are pregnant only after one month of pregnancy.

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