Tuesday, April 02, 2013

IVF- FAQs - Can I see my embryos before the ET ?

English: 8-cell human embryo, day 3
Yes, good IVF clinic routinely show you your embryos before they are transferred to your uterus. It is the duty of every IVF clinic to show you the embryos they created for you in their lab. We take pride in displaying our clinic’s competency in creating  good embryos.

What do my embryos look like ?

Your embryos are very minute; it is impossible to see these tiny balls of cells using your naked eye. You need a microscope to view them. Your embryo divides at regular intervals after fertilization and will have a different appearance under the microscope each passing day. There is a set of rules which tell you how your embryos should look for their age ( for example, a day 4 embryo looks entirely different from a day 2 embryo because of the rapid cell division they are undergoing). Knowledge about how they look during the different development stages will help you to know how competent your clinics IVF lab is.

If you want to see how embryos look , check out: http://www.drmalpani.com/embryos2.htm and http://www.drmalpani.com/embryos.htm

How long does the embryo transfer procedure take?

The entire embryo transfer procedure usually takes just few minutes. Your husband is welcome to hold your hand and provide his support during the transfer.

Read more at : http://blog.drmalpani.com/2013/01/all-you-wanted-to-know-about-embryo.html

Can I eat and drink before embryo transfer?

Yes , you can eat and drink before embryo transfer. Embryo transfer is not done under general anesthesia , so you do not restrict your intake of food or water. If your embryo transfer is done using ultra sound guidance you will be requested to have a full bladder at the time of transfer. Please be at the clinic one hour before embryo transfer.

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 [email protected]

Her blog is at www.myselfishgenes.blogspot.com

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