Embryo Transfer

Embryo transfer usually takes place 2 - 6 days after egg retrieval. It is totally painless and requires no general or local anaesthesia. It is the same procedure as the cervical screening test you had at the beginning of the treatment. You do not need to fast on the day of the embryo transfer, but you should be totally calm and relaxed. It is advisable you to have drunk 2 – 3 glasses of water so that your bladder is full. In this manner, ideal embryo implantation in the uterus can be verified by ultrasound.

According to the Greek law, the number of fertilised eggs (embryos) transferred in the uterine cavity is determined as follows:
up to two fertilised eggs for women
up to thirty five years of age
up to two fertilised eggs for women thirty five
up to thirty nine years of age for the first two attempts of IVF and up to three fertilised eggs for any following attempts
up to three fertilised eggs for women up forty years of age; up to four fertilised eggs for women over forty years of age.

In the event of egg or embryo donation, these age limits apply to the donor’s age. The final decision on the number of embryos to be transferred depends on various factors, including age, embryo quality etc. The transfer of more than four embryos increases the risk of multiple gestation (triplets, quadruplets) rather than the success rate, thus it is not permitted. Following embryo transfer, you should stay in bed rest for approx. 30 - 60 minutes.