Embryo transfer refers to a step in the process of assisted reproduction in which embryos are placed into the uterus of a female with the intent to establish a pregnancy. This technique (which is often used in connection with in vitro fertilization (IVF)
Embryos can be either "fresh" from fertilized egg cells of the same menstrual cycle, or "frozen", that is they have been generated in a preceding cycle and undergone embryo cryopreservation, and are thawed just prior to the transfer. The outcome from using cryopreserved embryos has uniformly been positive with no increase in birth defects or development abnormalities.
For fresh transfers at our center, you will receive update regarding oocyte fertilization status from the clinicians. Enbryo transfers are usually done on 4th day of Ovum pick up or 5th day for blastocyst transfers. This procedure is usually done under local anesthesia however in very few cases general anesthesia may be required. Before transplant, videoscreening of embryos is done and doctors inform about the quality of embryos. Patient gets discharged after after a brief recovery period. A pregnancy test will be done 19 days after the transfer, regardless of the occurrence of any uterine bleeding.