Making the transfer

Embryo transfer is a rather simple procedure that takes only a few minutes and is about as painful as a PAP smear. Some clinics have a TV screen mounted in the transfer room so that you and your partner can glimpse the embryo as it's about to be transferred. Seeing the very first stages of human ¡pX- ST(/f. development is pretty exciting — you'll find the image stays with you.

The transfer proceeds as follows:

1. Your doctor places a speculum (a metal or plastic instrument to aid viewing) in your vagina and gently cleans your cervix.

2. The embryologist draws the embryo into a thin catheter (a hollow plastic tube) and your doctor passes the catheter through your cervix into your uterus. You may experience some discomfort when the catheter passes through your cervix, but it soon passes.

3. When the catheter is in place, your doctor carefully injects the embryo into your uterus and then removes the catheter.

The embryologist takes the catheter back to the lab and checks it under a microscope to make sure that the embryo was deposited in your uterus and is no longer in the catheter.

You don't need to rest after the transfer but before you go home the nurse gives you instructions about the hormone medication that you need to take to make sure that your progesterone levels remain high over the next couple of weeks. Your progesterone levels need to remain high to stop a period from starting before your embryo has had a chance to implant. Clinic protocols vary regarding the medication you take: You may be given human chorionic gonadotrophin injections or vaginal progesterone gel or pessaries. (For more detailed information about these drugs, see Chapter 6.)

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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