How do I prepare for embryo transfer?

Embryo transfer

You can make sure your embryo transfer goes as smooth as possible by planning ahead so that the experience is as stress-free as possible. Below are a few tips for your embryo transfer:

  • Time how long it will take to travel to the clinic and plan your journey.
  • Arrange to have someone accompany you to the clinic and back on the day.
  • Make sure you are clear about what fertility medication you need to take (for example, progesterone supplementation) and set a reminder for yourself to take it.
  • If you take regular medication (for example, for asthma or diabetes), check whether you should take it on or before the embryo transfer day.
  • Ask whether you should eat or drink on the day.
  • Avoid products containing endocrine-disrupting chemicals (for example, nail polish, cosmetics, perfumes, soaps and lotions with fragrance, non-stick cooking utensils).
  • Eat healthily – specialists recommend a low carb, high-fat diet in preparation for and during treatment.
  • One month prior to starting IVF treatment, it is recommended that you take 400mcg of folic acid daily. Folic acid is important in embryo development during early pregnancy and protects against certain birth defects.


On your embryo transfer day – Do’s and Don’ts

  • Arrive with a comfortably full bladder as this will help ensure a clear ultrasound scan of your uterus.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Remove all nail varnish.
  • Don’t wear jewellery.
  • Don’t wear perfume, body lotion, hairspray and makeup, as strong odours can damage the embryo/s.


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