Wednesday, March 27, 2013

IVF FAQs - If my embryos do not implant , what happens to them ?

The embryo(s) which are transferred to your uterus are just microscopic ball of cells. You cannot see your embryo with your naked eye; you need a microscope , which would enlarge it several hundred times , before you can view it.  When your embryos fail to implant and give rise to a pregnancy, they die and disintegrate. Cells die in the human body all the time, and these dead cells are removed by your body’s scavenging machinery. When you get periods after a failed cycle, only the endometrium which is formed during that particular IVF cycle is sloughed off. Since you took lots of hormones , your endometrial lining might be thicker than usual and you might experience heavier menstrual bleeding or you might have more clots (which appears like a tissue) than you normally do. This doesn’t mean you are having a miscarriage or that the transferred embryo was expelled.

If one of my embryos implant, what happens to the other embryo(s) which was transferred along with it?

The embryos which did not implant die and disintegrate. They are removed by your bodies cleaning machinery. You do not need a menstrual period to remove them from your uterus and neither do they harm your developing baby, so do not panic ! 

This is an excerpt from our forthcoming, book, The Expert Patient's Guide to IVF. This being authored by our expert patient, Manju and me.

 You can email Manju at manjupadmasekar@yahoo.com

Her blog is at www.myselfishgenes.blogspot.com

17 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:12 AM

    Thank you so much for the information. I was searching for an answer but it was so difficult, doesn't seem like anyone interested to know when the embryos go when it was not implanted.

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    1. The embryo dies and the cells get silently reabsorbed

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  2. Anonymous2:13 PM

    I am day 6 after frozen embryo transfer. The egg was starting to hatch before is was inserted into my uterus. Last night I woke to go to the toilet (pee)and noticed a small white blot in the bowl which I felt . Could this be my failed embryo?

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    1. No. Embryos are microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. Please don't let your mind play games with you

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  3. I had 2 frozen embryos on the 27th October
    On Wednesday 9th November I got my hcg results and were 647. Thursday the day after I had cramps and also a bit of bleeding, the bleeding was more pink than red but then did have a bit of red as day went on. Friday I went for bloods and my hcg dropped to 430. I have to go for bloods on Monday. I'm just wanting to know could I have lost one embryo and the other could still be ok. And maybe Monday the hcg picks up again
    Thank you. I'm so worried

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    1. I am sorry, a drop in your HCG means you have miscarried

      No, the HCG will not rise now, sorry

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  4. Anonymous5:44 PM

    I had ET on 3 Feb(5 day transfer) and today is my 8th day (3 embryo transfer)still don't feel any symptoms. When I should go for test becoz my Dr. Called me on 23rd Feb but I think it is so long to wait. How I can know everything is OK. Thanku

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    1. You can do a beta HCG 12 days after a Day 3 transfer

      Read more at www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/articles/hcg

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  5. I had a day 5 transfer on April19th. Just 1hatching embryo. I took a hpt yesterday and it was negative. Could I still be too early? It was an early detection test. I go for my beta in 2 days. Thoughts?

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    1. I agree this is not good news, sorry

      Can you send me more details about your IVF cycle ?
      DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS OF YOUR EMBRYO ?

      You can see what embryos should look like at http://www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/ivf/embryos

      What were the meds which were used for
      superovulation ? What was the dose used ? How many follicles did you grow ? How many eggs were collected ? What was the E2 ( estradiol) level in the blood at the time of the HCG trigger ? What was the endometrial thickness ?
      How many embryos were transferred ?
      What was the embryo quality ?
      Can you please send me the printed treatment summary from your IVF clinic ?

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  6. Follistem 150iu Ovidrel
    13 follicles harvested
    7 ICSI
    E2 2371.50

    FET
    e2 1163.30
    EDO 11
    1 embryo
    Grade 4aa

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    1. I need photos of your embryo please. All good clinics provide these routinely and proactively

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  7. I can't get it over the weekend. based on this info, what are your educated thoughts? Also, I am 32years old with 1 healthy 3 year old little girl. If that info helps. My husband was diagnosed with a morphology issue.

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  8. Melisss1:49 AM

    What does it mean if you transferred 2 embryos got a negative pregnancy beta. However, 3 weeks later your HCG is 1100 . Nothing is seen om ultrasound to get a conclusive image for ectopic. Is the embryo just absorbed into the body that is producing the numbers to keep rising.
    Thank you,
    Melisss

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    1. You seem to have an ectopic pregnancy

      Read more at http://www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/articles/ectopic

      The ultrasound scan is not meant to visualise the ectopic pregnancy. If you want that long, there is a risk it may rupture !

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  9. I had my transfer on 6/22/2017 and tested HPT on 6/24/2017. I am 43 years old had 12 eggs 11 fertilized and made it to blastocyst. I had them all tested for PGD. My results 2 days post was negative. should I be worried.

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    1. You tested too early !
      Read more at www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/articles/hcg

      Can you send me more details about your IVF cycle?
      DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS OF YOUR EMBRYOS ?

      You can see what embryos should look like at http://www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/ivf/embryos

      What were the meds which were used for
      superovulation ? What was the dose used ? How many follicles did you grow ? How many eggs were collected ? What was the E2 ( estradiol) level in the blood at the time of the HCG trigger ? What was the endometrial thickness ?
      How many embryos were transferred ?
      What was the embryo quality ?
      Can you please send me the printed treatment summary from your IVF clinic ?

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