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Pregnancy Test After Your Embryo Transfer

Pregnancy TestFollowing your embryo transfer, we provide a pregnancy test kit and detailed instructions for its use. The test should be conducted precisely 16 days post your egg collection, as indicated during your embryo transfer appointment.It’s crucial to adhere to the 16-day timeline for the pregnancy test, regardless of any bleeding experienced before this period. In some cases, individuals encountering bleeding post-cycle might be at risk of an ectopic pregnancy. This occurrence involves the fertilized egg attaching itself outside the womb, leading to an inability to develop into a viable pregnancy. While rare, an ectopic pregnancy is a serious complication associated with IVF that warrants immediate attention due to potential health risks.

A Positive Pregnancy Test

A positive pregnancy test indicates the successful attachment (implantation) of one or more embryos to the uterine lining. However, this attachment typically isn’t visible on a scan until you’re approximately 6 weeks into the pregnancy, which equates to around 4 weeks after the embryo transfer procedure.

A Negative Pregnancy Test

A negative pregnancy test indicates an unsuccessful outcome in the treatment. While it’s challenging to determine the exact fate of the embryos transferred into the womb, it’s often observed that embryos might cease to develop adequately, preventing their successful attachment to the womb. Quality plays a crucial role, as embryos of higher quality have a better chance of attachment. Bleeding may have commenced or could start in the following days, possibly heavier than usual due to the medications thickening the womb lining. We understand this can be a difficult time and encourage you to contact us to discuss the outcome and schedule a follow-up with a senior doctor in the coming weeks. Additionally, our fertility counselors are available if you’d like further support. If the test is negative, it’s advised to discontinue progesterone use.

Considerations for Future IVF Cycles

We suggest a waiting period of at least 2 months before considering another round of IVF. Taking this time allows for a break from treatment and facilitates your physical recovery from the medications used during the process. In case you have frozen embryos available, it’s often advised to consider utilizing them before proceeding with another fresh embryo transfer. This approach optimizes your chances while allowing your body to recuperate.

Individualized Support and Guidance: Navigating IVF Cycles

There isn’t a predetermined cap on the number of attempts you can pursue. Following an unsuccessful cycle, we arrange a consultation with a senior team member to discuss the potential causes for the cycle’s failure and explore strategies to enhance your chances of success.Our evaluation is personalized, providing insights into the prospects of additional cycles. If we assess that the likelihood of success is minimal, we prioritize transparency and might advise considering discontinuing treatment.

Supplementary Measures for Your Next Cycle

Your next cycle may require additional treatment tailored to your individual needs. Conditions such as uterine fibroids or swollen fallopian tubes might prompt a recommendation for surgical intervention before embarking on your next IVF or ICSI cycle.If concerns arose regarding the thickening of the womb lining in your previous attempts, we may consider adding specific medications to enhance the lining in future cycles.While you might come across various treatments touted in the media or online as beneficial for IVF success (termed ‘add-ons’), many lack substantiated evidence and could pose risks. Our practice adheres strictly to proven and effective treatments. You should have queries about any treatments you’ve encountered elsewhere, please discuss them with our medical team for accurate information.

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