Step 5: Embryo Transfer
Generally 5 days after fertilization, embryos are placed into the woman’s uterus. No anesthesia is necessary for this procedure. The number of embryos transferred depends on the condition of each patient, i.e. embryo quality, the patient’s age, or previous IVF results. The transfer is performed by placing a flexible catheter through the cervix and into the uterus. Ultrasound guidance is used to assist the physician with the placement of the embryo. Patients can use remaining embryos for future cycles by cryopreservation. Cryopreservation of embryos makes future cycles much simpler and less expensive as a woman does not need to go through the ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval process again.
Learn more about how to administer medications during your fertility treatment time frames with these video tutorials.