Resting After Embryo Transfer

This week we’re presenting a beautiful study in London, which has been awarded for being the Best Oral Presentation in the Congress and we would like to thank all colleagues that have taken part in it. The study shows what happens to embryos when they get to the uterus, both naturally through the fallopian tubes and after an In Vitro Fertilization treatment through the cervix.

The endometrium (the inner membrane of the uterus) has several motion schemes and during the embryo’s arrival phase, its function is to keep it in the uterine cavity, impeding its expulsion and implantation in inadequate areas.

In this video of an embryo transfer, we can see how the microdrop containing the embryos is moved from one place to another following different motion patterns: undulating, vibratory, slow, fast, and with rest phases.

After an embryo transfer, most of our patients feel guilty for not resting enough, especially when the cycle isn’t successful.

We tell them rest isn’t necessary right after embryo transfer or even during the days after, but they’re surprised by this fact and don’t pay much attention to us.

They’re afraid if they get up or make any kind of effort, such as going to the restroom, the embryos “will fall”; they think they must be alert to keep them in the uterus.

This generates an added anxiety to the stress of not being able to rest as much as they’d wish. Additionally, this coincides with the most nerve-generating and emotional lability phase: the two week wait until the pregnancy test.

It’s a waiting period that’s full of desire and hope that the embryos will implant, full of fear of failure and full of emotion.

These findings downplay the importance of rest and support the early mobilization of patients after embryo transfer. I believe it will help to know that implantation doesn’t depend on anything you can do or stop doing, and that once embryos arrive to our uterus, the endometrium is in charge of the rest…

It’s as if it cradled the the embryos for their implantation in a good spot!


  1. padmini Reply

    I have undergone embroyo transfer on 2nd may 2016 . today is day 2 after transfer. I am very anxious….sometimes I feel there is some symptom sometime nothing. this 2week wait is very long….can’t see what’s happening inside me. just praying that it succeeds and I have a healthy baby. praying to God desperately.

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Hello Padmini,
      Thank you for joining us.
      I hope you are doing well. Try to think positive, try to be as relaxed as you can. I know this 2 weeks wait is very long… and that you don’t have any control over it; all you can do is think positive. I hope it helps you. I wish you very good luck.

    • Laura Reply

      Hi Dr,
      I had my transfer yesterday and last night I had the worst nights sleep. I’m so anxious about the 2ww it took me ages to get to sleep and then I kept waking up every 2 hours. I was also very hot in bed. I’m worried that I’ve affected the embryos and implantation chances. I hope you can help me please.

      • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

        Dear Laura, first of all, don’t worry about this last night. There is no any scientific evidence that correlates the psychological stress and the impairment of the implantation results. My recommendation is try to avoid potential stressful stimuli and carry a relaxing life styling. Looking for a psychological assessment that could be also a good option. Very good luck.

  2. Amy Reply

    I had my embryo transfer yesterday and I feel like I’m about to start my period. I have bad cramps in the lower part of my stomach. Would it be pointless doing a pregnancy test now?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Amy,
      Thank you for joining us.

      There is no use on doing a pregnancy test today. The pain you can feel probably comes from slight uterine contractions that are relatively frequent after transfer. Stick to the pregnancy test date that you were given.

      Kindest regards

  3. dhammika Reply

    I had my embryo transfer yesterday. We had to come back home by a cab and it tooks around1 1/2 hr journey from hospital to home. Speed bumps, pot holes, train tracks and other rough terrain made me a sick. When I get back home I noticed red spots and time to time had pain in my lower tummy area.. im really scared of something happened to my baby inside. ..

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      DEar Dhammika,

      Thank you very much for your request. Do not worry at all. There is no problem with taking the cab after the embryo transfer. Probably, I think that the red spots and the pain were because of the pass of catheter between the cérvix and not because of the journey.

      Good luck!

  4. hi.i have my embryo transfer last May 15, 2016 .. and after that we flight back home about 45 mins… and then the dr. said take medicine. endometrin. and. estrofem. 2x day each med.. i did all. what they gave me instruction,,i ddnt work 2 days after the embryo transfer… and waited to make. pregnancy blood test. last May 29, 2016…. when. i got my result it was negative… i feel so depressed! why is it negative result,whats wrong with me? i did all what they instructed in me. its possible because i ddnt rest ?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Alma,

      Don’t worry, it not possible that you didn’t get pregnant because you didn’t rest. It was not your fault. There was certainly others reasons, but we can’t help you to find out them because we don’t know your medical history and we don’t have enough information about your treatment.

      Warm regards

  5. Milica Reply

    Dear Doctor,
    Is it OK to masturbate after natural cycle FET? Thank you.

  6. hopefulmom2b Reply

    2 day post transfer but have been feeling crampy and sore boobs. Is this normal? Kinda feels pre menstrual? Is this normal?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear hopefulmom2b,

      Don’t worry, these kind of symptoms may be normal.

      Good luck!

  7. Christine Frawley Reply

    I had my FET done just today. I’ve been relaxing for the most part, except for when I have to go to the restroom or have to do my medications as instructed. I had to lean over for a while for my husband to give me my progesterone oil injection tonight and felt so nervous that this position would harm the embryos in some way. Can bending over or sudden movements ruin your chances in any way?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Christine,

      Thank you very much for your question. There is no need to rest after the transfer. Therefore, you are not going to damage your embryos. There is no problem, just do a normal life.

      Good luck!

  8. grail Reply

    Dear dr,
    I had my first IVF last june 2016 and it was negative. Is it okay to have another IVF this july? is it okay to take a bath just after FET?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Grail,

      You can try again in July. It’s ok to take a bath after the embryo transfer, no problem.


  9. Caroline Reply

    Dear Dr. Marisa López-Teijón,
    I had my egg retrieval on June 1, 2016, and I didn’t transfer the embryo after that because of OHSS(ascites), my doctor asked me back to transfer the embryo(frozen) after 2 times of period, which means I am going to transfer the embryo at the beginning of August, 2016, but I already scheduled to go abroad for 2 weeks holiday in the middle August, I have to take 11 hrs plane, Can I take the plane around 1 week after the transfer?

  10. Doctor,I had my transfer yesterday,I really wanna know,is taking bed rest very much insisted or carrying a normal life is fine and I am very much used taking a cup of coffee everyday evening,is that fine?pls let me know

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Priya,
      Thank you for joining us.
      You can carry a normal life, you don’t need to rest at all. And of course you can have your cup of coffee.
      Kind regards,

      • Donna Reply

        Hello doctor, I’m just have IVF /et on November 01, then two days after I feel very itchy my vigina. I put petroleum jelly. Is it safe ? Is it not affect the success of my pregnancy . I also work 8 hours a day . My nature of work is driving , walking , standing at least 2 hours wiping tables etc .
        Thank u and have a good day

        • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

          Dear Donna,

          I am very sorry but I have not any information about safety data regarding the use of Petroleum jelly during pregnancy.

          Kind Regards,

          • Allie

            Hello everyone
            I’m on my 3rd day after ET.feeling soreness and restless in my legs and feel like a big clot in upper right arm.watery going nuts.please help out and guide me through.

          • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón

            Hello Allie,
            our best advice is urgently ask your gynecologist.

            Kind regards,

  11. Fhey Reply

    Dear doc,
    Will it effect my chance of having a baby if we had few sex after few days of the embryo transfer? I did the ET last 9 aug? We were on ICSI-IVF? And also is going up and downstair at home and vacuuming the house have a negative impact to the baby? Thank you.schedule of my preg test is on 24 aug.

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Fhey,
      Don’t worry, having sex after the embryo transfer can’t affect the results. You can have a normal life, do stairs and clean your home.
      Good luck!

  12. shraddha Reply

    Hi dr. I had my transfer 3 days ago. On my second day i had a attack of Diarrhea. Will this have any effect on my transfer success? Also i have moments when i feel nauseous and also have a loss of apetite. Will these effect success chances. Since i live on the third floor is it okay to do stairs atleast once a day as we dont have lift service?

    Best regards

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Shraddha,

      Don’t worry, the attack of Diarrhea won’t have any effect on you transfer success. It’s ok to do stairs daily.

      Good luck!

  13. Hira Reply

    Hi I had my embryo transfer yesterday in the morning… Im feeling backache is it normal n also heaviness under my belly button

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Hira,

      These symptoms could be normal after an embryo transfer.

      Good luck and best regards

  14. Ambreen Basit Reply

    Aoa Dr I had ET transfer after 24 hours I take a bath it is OK with it or any problem to take a bath .? I am worried

  15. Katie Reply

    Dear Dr,

    Is it safe to drive stick shift (manual) car for 25miles after Embryo transfer?

    Thank you!

  16. Mary Reply

    Hi Dr,

    I had my fresh ET on 30th aug. I started bleeding & mild cramping on day 10 after ET. Firstly, the blood color was dark brown and in day 11 it turn to red color. There is any chances that i am pregnant with my current condition? This is my first attempt of IVF.


    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Mary,

      It is possible that cramping and bleeding are related to embryo implantation and not necessary because of implantation failure and incoming period.
      So, first of all you need to have a pregnacy test done, possibly by betaHCG detection in a blood sample.

      I hope you will have a positive result!

      Best regards

  17. Niki Reply

    I had my ET yesterday. From the scan i could see that the blastocyst was not placed at the center of the uterine cavity. Also it was not showing any movement after transfer. The duration between getting the blast from lab and transferring into my uterus was also arnd 3-4 mins. Can these factors affect the success?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Niki,

      These factors don’t affect the success of the treatment.

      Inside the womb, after the transfer, the embryo is in movement.

      Best regards

  18. Monali Reply

    Hello , Dr. Marisa, myself is dr.Monali i am a pathologist,28 yrs old weight-60kg . I underwent an IVF cycle wid 2 FET in 2015 but they failed . Everything ws healthy wid good endo lining n vascular flow wid proper medications dat time my doctor suggested bed rest for whole 2 weeks wait period, n I did rest wid mild walking. Now again started wid new IVF cycle, did my1st FET in July bt again the preg test negativ n dis time too doctors suggested only rest no lining ws 12mm thick bt still… Now i am having my next FET next month. Am anxious n worried Wat more precautions r needed? Rest or normal life? Plz suggest me Is dis rest hindering my embryo implantation ?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Monali,
      I hope you are doing well.
      In our clinic, we don’t recommend any rest after embryo transfer, unless there is a clinical condition that requires rest. We recommend our patients to continue working!.
      I hope it helps you.

      • Monali Reply

        Thank you so much for clearing the rest issues post embryo transfer! Feeling good! I am having my embryo transfer next month, hope so all goes well wid successful pregnancy. Am still positive n excited. Thanx again

  19. Jyotika Reply

    Hi doc i had embryo transfer two days before and yesterday i had a bad day i pushed the doors wid my legs in erge of anger i shouted at my husband had an heated argument … now m sooo worried i did a big mistake i wnt be able to preg now ???

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Jyotika,

      Thank you to write for us!

      Don’t worry about what happened yesterday. It’s don’t affect the embryo implantation.

      Best regards and good luck

  20. Judy Reply

    Hi doctor , had my blastocyct transfer yesterday and I had sex with my husband today . I’m scared we could have upset the balance of things in there.

  21. stephanie Reply

    Dear Doctor
    I had my transfer yesterday, but had zero rest after the procedure, and went to the loo immediately, where unfortunately i had to strain as bladder was too full (i was not even able to sit on the toilets as they were dirty, so had to raise a bit which made me work on my abdominals….). Could have this caused uterine contraction and therefore be dangerous for the embryos? I have been so stressed since then
    Thanks a million

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Stephanie,

      Don´t worry, that couldn´t have caused uterine contraction dangerous for the embryos.

      Kind regards

  22. Reena Mehta Reply

    Hello doctor-

    I had an embryo transfer and my bladder felt overly full in the 30 min I had to remain still afterwards and I felt my bladder contract a few times. I heard an overly full bladder can cause uterine contractions or dislodge the embryos- is this true? Is this something to worry about?

    Thank you!

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Reena,

      You dont need to worry at all, this kind of contractions is very ´light and can´t dislodge the embryos.

      Kind regards

  23. Grace Reply

    Roughly 8hours after my embryo transfer, I was mistakenly hit on my Tommy. Will this post danger Pls I’m scared

  24. Ese k Reply

    Hi, I had my embryo transfer yesterday. But been suffering from anxiety and insomnia. Hoping the fact I haven’t slept well won’t hurt my fet.

  25. Anna Reply

    Hi, I had my FET today. Have been suffering from mild coughing since yesterday. Doesn it have an impact on transfer. I didn’t cough during procedure. Kindly tell me about food precautions, bed rest and hot both etc .

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Anna,

      You should not worry about mild coughing before or even during the transfer, this will not affect the final result. Regarding food precautions you should consult your attending physician, but we would certainly recommend you to cook all your food (ie no smoked salmon) and use pasteurized products regarding milk and cheeses. We wish you the best of luck!

  26. Lizbeth Reply

    Hi Dr.

    I had a frozen embryo transfer on Thursday, and I am really not feeling any differently. No significant cramping, no spotting, etc. Is that a discouraging sign that my embryo likely didn’t implant? Not sure what I should “expect” or if there are any “good” or “bad” signs to be paying attention to. Or does it differ for everyone and there is simply zero way of knowing until the blood test?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Lizbeth,

      You don´t have to worry. It is absolutely normal to not experience any change in your body. You have to wait until the day of your pregnancy test in order to be sure about the results.

      Good luck!

  27. Keerthi Reply

    Hello doctor. FET transfered two days back. Its second time to me. First time results showing it complete bed rest necessary these 2 weeks!? That lying straight on bed without turning sides? How to increase blood flow to my uterus for successing my ivf? Please advise me which type of food I have to take for increasing success rate….I really worrying

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Keerthi,

      You don´t need to rest completely, we suggest to have a normal life, just try to avoid strong strains.

      Good luck!

  28. yk Reply

    I have 7 days after embryo transfer…there r no symptoms…no negative,no positive…I m confuse that result will come positive or negative….I m taking full bad rest…I hope result comes positive…

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear yk

      You don´t have to worry. It is absolutely normal to not experience any change in your body. You have to wait until the day of your pregnancy test in order to be sure about the results.

      Good luck!

  29. Riza Reply

    Hi Dr.
    I just had my embryo transfer last dec 16,2016 but was coughing alot as i was getting off from a bout of bronchitis but has been resting alot

    I went on a trip where the road had alot of bumps, i was just sitting in the car. This was 5 days after transfer

    My question is this, can I actually “pee the embryo” out from riding thru bumpy roads?
    Can you actually see embryos with naked eye?

    This is my first time and i am very worried.


    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Riza,

      It is not possible to see the embryos with naked eyes. Anyway you don´t have to worry, the conduct that you describe can`t affect the result of your treatment.

      Good luck!

  30. yk Reply


    Thank you for your reply…Between 15 days ,isn’t any symptoms I can’t see?…. because i m really waiting for my positive report….but some people says if there is no symptoms in this 15 days,my report may be nagetive…so I m very worried…plz reply me….

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear yk,

      Unfortunately there are no symptoms (or symptoms absence) that can reveal you if you are pregnant or not.

      Try to relax, you can only wait until the pregnancy test.

      Kind regards

  31. Muktha Reply

    Hi Dr.

    On my fresh cycle I had OHSS, after 2 months had my FET (on 19th Dec), from past 3 days I am experiencing frequent urination, constipation, breast tenderness and kind of bloating. Is it normal to have. Is it the side effects of medications I am taking??

  32. Dada Reply

    Dear Dr. Lopez,
    I had FET 8 days ago. I am trying to behave normally to maintain circulation, but my feet are constantly cold. I have been reading stuff like “cold feet, cold uterus”. Is there any truth in that?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Dada,

      Don´t worry at all, it is not true. It could happen to have a bad circulation but that doesn´t mean that something is wrong with your treatment.

      Good luck!

  33. esha Reply

    I have 28 days after et.but there is no symptoms..I m so nervous.after 2 days my hcg report.finger crossing,what will result?…

  34. Lhen Reply

    Hello. I had. Embryos transfer on jan 6/17, i been resting since then. But i been having a cramps and one sharp one. I’m so scared . I also have the symptoms of up coming period. Is this normal .

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Lhen,

      Don´t worry at all, It could happen to have cramps and symptoms of the period but that doesn´t mean necessarily that something is wrong with your treatment.

      Good luck

  35. Nithya Reply

    I got ET done on 31st Dec 16. Painful from today onwards and bit of bleeding makes unrest and depressed. Any suggestions. Thank you

  36. Emily Reply

    I had a fresh transfer on 1st Jan with your clinic . My partner and I had an argument tonight.. I slammed the door and was shaking, I’m worried I impacted the embryo and if it’s ok?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Emily,

      Don’t worry about the embryo. I’m sure it’s fine.

      Good luck in your pregnancy test!

  37. Anna Reply

    Is it safe to take a flight a few hrs after embryo transfer or would you recommend waiting a day or two?

  38. Rubina Reply

    Dear dr. I always put lot of pressure to urinate. So is this pressure can make embryo fall out? Also i have constipation, does the pressure can cause embryo fall out? I am really worry . plz ler me know


    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Rubina,

      Don´t worry at all. This kind of pressure can´t cause embryo fall out.

      Kind regards

      • Rubina Reply

        Thank you so much for your reply. I also want to emphasize that my urine does not come out clearly at once. So i always push 3 to 4 time to make it clear from my bladder. I am really worry if thats the reason my embryo falls. I do the same thinh when i pooh. Hopefully embryo will not fall out. I had 2 failed ivf and just had transfer for 3rd ivf. Plz keep me in your prayers.

        • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

          Dear Rubina,

          Really there are no reason to be worried, try to be positive and to relax.

          Kind regards

  39. Ling Reply

    I had my ET last Thursday. In the last 3 nights I slept on a heating pad to warm my back. Will it be too hot that harm the implantation or development of the embryo? And I will have the blood test tomorrow, would it be too early?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Ling,

      Don’t worry, the heat couldn´t compromise the implantation or development of the embryo. If your doctor suggest to have the blood test tomorrow that means that it is the correct date.

      Good luck!

  40. Anna Reply

    Dear Dr I’m having my transfer in a few days and have been taking one baby aspirin per day. Should I stop or continue? I’ve read online conflicting information; some experts saying it helps implantation and others saying it inhibits. I’ve had 4 previous miscarriages due to abnormalities, I’m 43 and no history of immune or clotting disorders. Thank you

  41. Ema Reply

    Dear Dr Marissa,

    My doctor told me that my lining had only partially developed in that the right side responded to hormonal stimulation to produce a 9.5mm thickness but the left side was quite thin at 2mm. I had my first FET yesterday but I was curious as to whether the uterine motion will cause the embryo to implant on the thicker or is it more random?

    Additionally, my instructions were to resume normal activity so I did a 30 minute unheated yoga session yesterday and I went to bed with my blankets on afterwards and I woke up this morning face down with a light sweat. I wanted to check whether that is likely to influence the outcome.

    Thank you in advance!

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Ema,

      Don’t worry about that. The embryo will find the best place to implant. You can continue with yoga sessions.

      Good luck!

  42. Vasanthi Reply

    Dear Dr I’m having my transfer in a few days. What kind of food i should take.
    Past 2 days im thinking too much and fully of stress. Doesn it have an impact on transfer.

    Tqvm for your kindly reply.

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Vasanthi,

      You don’t need to worry if you are stressed, just try to relax as much as you can. There are no food indicated in that case, you can eat what you prefer.

      Good luck!

  43. Shruti Reply

    Hi Dr, had my et few days back. My et measured 12.4 mm on the 3rd day. Initially my stomack felt little swelled bit last 2 days i dont feel like that. Also due to allergy i sneeze a lot. I sneeze really hard yday that my whole body shakes. Hope it will not affect embryo. Pls suggest anything that i shoukd take carr about.
    Please keep me in ur blessings.

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Shruti,

      Don’t worry at all, that can’t affect the embryo. We suggest to have normal life and try to relax as much as you can.

      Good luck!

  44. K Reply

    Hi I had my day 5 transfer yesterday we put in 2 blastocyst. Unfortunately I have had a head cold for a few days, no fever but allot of coughing. Will this in any way affect my chances of getting pregnant? Please help this is our second try at this.

  45. Elona Reply

    Dear Dr.
    I had my day 5 transfere on 14 Feb.Useless ti say I have been anxious sleepless etc…I m taking some progresterone vaginal gel 2×1 that usually results in some white discharges.Just this morning I saw sth like jelly that hot me very worried.I thought:thats my embryos…I am horrified right now.I have been smoking some cigarettes, I couldnt resist.Have i ruined it all???

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Elona,

      You shouldn’t worry about any vaginal discharge during these days, except for bleeding. The use of progesterone vaginally can give you abnormal discharge.

      Embryos are microscopic, so you would never be able to see them.

      Hoping that you will get a good result on your treatment,

  46. Asha Reply

    Hi, am 38 and 19th Feb I had 2 blastocyst transfer and on 17th Feb one day 3 transfer. No symptoms yet, am little scared. What to expect ? Any advice?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Asha;
      I hope you are feeling well. Not having any symptoms doesn’t mean you will not become pregnant. Try to think positive until the pregnancy test. That’s my advice.
      Kind regards

  47. aaliya Reply

    Hi doc i weighted 73 kg for ivf treatment i reduced my weight to 65 its been 3 month after aspiration now i have to go for FET this month but i have gain 4 kg of weight will it effect my chances of getting pregnant and plz let me know does my belly fat effect my baby growth inside the womb

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear aaliya,

      In this case is your Dr who has to value the situation and decide if it possible to go ahead with the embryo transfer.

      Kind regards

  48. Ann Reply

    Hello Dr.
    I am 3 days post 5 days embryo transfer, i am just feeling soreness and body ache all over, I am not having any cramps symptoms and I am freaking out!!,

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Ann,

      Don’t worry at all, it is normal not to have symptoms during the waiting.

      Good luck!

  49. Pam Reply

    I had my et on the 28th feb 2017. Everything was fine until the 8day when I had a brown discharge & then Little bit of pink spotting. But on the 9th day the discharge was too much n there was a bleed as well. I’m having slight cramps as well. M due to test in two days. But I was so scared that I did a pregnancy test at home which was positive. Is there anything to worry about?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Pam,

      We suggest you to consult your doctor informing about the situation as soon as possible in order to decide how to proceed.

      Have a nice day

      • Anita roy Reply

        Dear Dr, thank you very much for your reply.. One more question, after blastocyst transfer, my breast was very much tender for 3 days. Nipples were swallowing.. But today is 8th day.. My breast is normal .. There is no any swallowing nor tender.. Is not happened implantation?

        • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

          Dear Anita,
          This is not enough evidence to suggest you are not pregnant. I strongly suggest to continue your medication and wait for the day of your pregnancy test. I wish you the best of luck.

  50. LAs Reply

    Hi Dr

    reading your comments really helps. Thank you so much. is it fine to eat spicy food after ET?

  51. Grace Reply

    Hi I had my transfer yesterday frozen cycle and have felt no different what so ever my last fresh cycle I felt cramping etc but at the end was a negative result I’m so scared Im going to get another negative any tips in how to change my mind set to being realistic but positive.
    This was our only one left graded as 4ab put back same as before was frozen is that good or bad?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Grace,

      You’ve transfered a high score blastocyst (4AB), wich means that your chances of a positive pregnancy test is high

      If you get a negative pregnancy test on this tratment (hope not), and you’ve already trasferred other high score blastocysts before, you migh need to perform an implantation study, just to make sure that there is not a problem that’s making implantation more difficult; this would include diagnostic hysteroscopy, endometrial cultures and biopsy, and blood test with thrombophylia and autoimmune studies.

      Hoping you are going to succeed in this transfer,

  52. Anita roy Reply

    Dear dr, I have done my blastocyst stage transfer on 14th March. On 18 th March i mistakenly bend on floor for cleaning.. And after that I was very much tensed.. Does it affects my embryo? Is it affects to my positive results.. Please dr reply me..I am very much worried..

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Anita,

      We already know that physical activity doesn’t affect implantation, so it’s not important to do any rest after embryo transfer.

      I’m sure that you chances are still high for this treatment!


  53. Lucrezia Reply

    I had e.t. 13.03.17 this is my 8 day …. i dont have any simptoms ….its ok if i made home pragnancy test it will be walid.

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Lucrezia,

      If you had a day 5 blastocyst transfer you might have a positive pregnancy test 9-10 days after transfer. Anyway, if it’s negative, you should repeat it later.

      If you had a day 2-3 transfer, you should wait until dat 12-13 to be able to see a positive pregnancy test.


      • Lucrezia Reply

        I made hpt on 11 d.e.t. and it was positiv,on 13 d.e.t. bhcg was 162. I think this is it. This was my second ivf whit FET for second child.
        I dont rest at all , i have one child of 2 years and i must take care of her.
        I hope everything will be ok and god will take care of us. Sorry for my language im from Macedonia.
        Thanks Dr. Marisa for yours good advise.

  54. Anita roy Reply

    Dear Dr, thank you very much for your reply..One more question please.. After blastocyst transfer for 3 days my breast was tender.. My nipples were swallowing.. But for some days , there is no any tenderness and nipples swallowing.. It’s my implantation stopped?

  55. Lisa Carlin Reply

    Hello, I am currently 13 days post donor transfer and stupidly decided to do a pregnancy test day 9, it was negative. Is there any chance it was wrong? I will test again tomorrow in my test date but I am so deflated and miserable.

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Lisa,

      Don’t be miserable, and keep your hopes up. Sometimes pregnancy tests can show a false negative result, especially when performed a bit too soon. Whenever we see a negative urine test, we always perform a blood HCG to confirm. I wish you all the best

  56. Nina Reply

    Hello Dr,

    Yesterday was my first ET, we had 2 embryos transferred. I rested throughtout the day, but at night, i had one of those nights my body is generating too much heat, no sweat though. The moment i move around different areas in bed, feels like the surface heats up easily. (I experienced this the night before ET but not as bad).
    I tried drinking more fluid which also might have caused me up to use the BR more often than usual trying to get comfortable.
    On top of that, my Progesterone shots sites were bugging me. I took Tylenol before I finaly fell asleep straight starting at 3:20 am.
    My estrogen levels were high during ER, but been taking Estridiol patches and Progesterone shots regularly as instructed.
    With last night’s experience I was worried with my embryos.
    Thank you.

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Nina,

      Evrything that you have mentioned doesn’t seem to be related with implantation.
      Try not to be worried, your chances aren’t affected by what you’ve explained.

  57. Fairy Reply

    After ET can we travel by car for about 4 hours ?

  58. Gayathri Vinod Reply

    I had my ET on wed , 2 5day G1 blasts, after ET they immediately emptied my bladder, and asked me to rest for 4 hours , in the first hour itself I felt like my bladder was full again , but I controlled it till 4th hour n went to pee, then had my intralipid and immunoglobulin IV Infusions , after that I started shivering n felt cold then slept , in mid night when I woke up my bed was very hot , worried till then..

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Gayathri Vinod,

      Don’t worry.

      The hot temperatures and the full bladder don’t affect the embryo implantation.

      Best regards

  59. brenya77 Reply

    I loved this video. I wish I could observe my embryo transfers in much the same way. That said, I don’t think this video actually proves that the uterus is not capable of expelling the embryos – if anything, it is demonstrating that the are actually very powerful contractions within the uterus that move the embryo around – and this patient is lying down! I have read several studies that showed that 25-50% of embryos are found outside of the womb, in the vagina, within 1 hrs of embryo transfer. And these numbers increase for women with higher than normal contractibility of the uterus. It’s strange that the doctors are not telling us that – I have been assured so many times that the embryos simply can’t fall out, but that’s simply not true. Well, they can, and they often do! I have read several studies, and meta-study about possible use of tocolytics (oxytocin antagonists) in an attempt to decrease the contractability of the uterus – and they also say that increased contractions of the uterus diminish the chances of implantation. Nobody is telling us that during IVF. I have gone through 5 failed embryo transfers, 9 embryos in total and not even a slight increase in bHCG, and I have only just found out that the embryos can actually fall out and the contractibility of the uterus is a very important factor in the whole process of implantation. My transfers are difficult, long, exhausting for the doctors and painful to me – I am very sure that the increased estrogen during IVF stimulation is causing increased contractions in my uterus, and the trauma of the transfer is adding to this and my embryos are simply expelled from the uterus before they have a chance to implant.

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Brenya,

      Thank you to tell us your opinion.

      The idea in your case is make your transfers easier as possible to increase your probabilities of success.

      Best regards

  60. Gayathri Vinod Reply

    I had my ET on wed , 2 5day G1 blasts, after ET they immediately emptied my bladder, and asked me to rest for 4 hours , in the first hour itself I felt like my bladder was full again , but I controlled it till 4th hour n went to pee, then had my intralipid and immunoglobulin IV Infusions , after that I started shivering n felt cold then slept , in mid night when I woke up my bed was very hot , worried till then..

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Gayathri Vinod,

      Don’t worry.

      The hot temperatures and the full bladder don’t affect the embryo implantation.

      Best regards

  61. Anita roy Reply

    Dear Dr , I had my beta hcg test on Tuesday… It was negative.. I have stopped my all medicine.. Still now i didn’t got my period.. Is there any possibility, that after some days i will get bfp? Is implantation can be happened later? And if not next ivf when I will do?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Anita,

      It’s possible that your period delays some days after the Beta-HCG, if so, you may contact your doctor.

  62. Paola Serrecchia Reply

    10 monutes after embryo transfer I went to the bathroom and strained to.poo due to constipation. Now I am worried that I pushed them out or comprised implementation. Please advise

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Paola,

      Don’t worry, your chances will stay the same. Once the microdrop that contains the embryo is transfered inside the endometrial cavity, it doesn’t matter what you do, it’s not going to change the implantational rate.

      Endometrial movements will start immediately after transfer, and will move the drop up and down through the cavity, form the cervix up to the fundus, and back again

      We presented this results on the Alpha congress 2014, and showed that rest after transfer doesn’t improve implantationa rates.


  63. Bravp Reply

    Hi Dr. I am 5 days past transfer of frozen embryos (4 3 days embryos). No sign of implantation. Mild cramps here and there. That is it. I am so stressed up. Any positive thoughts/vibes. Please

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Bravp,

      I wish you all the best during this days that you have to wait your test.

      A big hug and good vibes

  64. Kim Reply


    I had a 5 day transfer on 5th April with a 3AB blastocyst. Less than 24 hours after transfer I had a bit of a bleed- more than spotting. I then spotted for 3 days after. I have not had anything the past 2 days. Is this common? My test is not due until 16th, could a positive show up sooner?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Kim,

      Can be normal some bleeding after transfer.

      Good luck and fingers crossed!

  65. Suegirluv Reply

    Dear Dr. Löpez-Teijön,
    On the 29.03.2017, I had a donor 5 day blastocyst transfer, on the 07.04. I had sex…it was good, I did not feel any pains afterwards…then on the 10.04.2017 I had a negative blood test result. This is my 5 failed ivf attempt, with good quality embryos. Now, I am bleeding so heavily, I have not bleed like this during a period before….Could the whole of these be as a result of sex I had after transfer. Am I too old for egg donation? Am 43 years young!

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Suegirluv,
      You are not too old for egg donation, you’re just in the age group that need these type of treatments!
      Also, it is very unlikely that having sex more than a week after your transfer would have had a negative effect on the treatment or on your period.
      Reasons for failure of implantation should be further discussed with your attending physician, as there are a variety of things to be checked. I wish you luck with your future treatments,

  66. Anonymous Reply

    Scaring affects on pregnancy ?? I woke up suddenly from sleep scared with heart beating very high , 6 weeks pregnant, pls reply me mam

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      You should not worry, being scared at a given moment does not have a negative effect on pregnancy.

  67. Nam Reply

    Hello Doctor
    My embryo transfer procedure completed on Tuesday , it was smooth and dr transferred 4ba quality single embryo.
    Today we went to the park for a walk and while coming to home I controlled my pee for 20 minutes till we reach home , now I am worried I think I did a mistake my controlling pee it might have caused uterus contraction
    Could you please advise .?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Nam,
      You don’t worry about uterine contractions due to a full bladder at this time. I hope the embryo has implanted and you can be surprised with a positive pregnancy test soon. Best of luck!

  68. Lou Reply

    I had a fresh 3day embryo transfer yeaterday and after returning from the hospital I stupidly pulled open a heavy draw and started having cramps on the left side of my ovary. Cramping carried in for a bit but should I be worried?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Lou,

      Experiencing some cramps during your treatment can be normal and should not be taken as a negative symptom if not accompanied with other worrying signs. I wish you the best of luck!

  69. Morgan Reply

    Dear Doctor,
    I had a FET (2 day 5 embryos) yesterday. Dr said everything went very smoothly. But I’m concerned beacuse I couldn’t see the boble with the embryos on the ultrasound screen. The doctor sayied we can’t see the embryos beacuse they are very small. But I know that usually these a boble shown on the screen. I think he also said something about them been in between something, not sure what. What could have go wrong with this transfer?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Morgan,
      Indeed it’s not always posible to see the drop that contains the embryos, however, if the transfer was performed smoothly and the catheter was checked afterwards to ensure the embryo (which is microscopic and can not be seen on the ultrasound scan) is not in the catheter anymore, it seems like it was a good transfer and now it’s up to the embryo and the endometrium to do their job! Good luck!

  70. Dhams Reply

    Hi doc, I have done my FET on April 14, and my blood test will be on April 25.. my 1st IVF was failed because I had bad OHSS after egg collection last yr oct.. I’m in bed rest for I’m started to having some cramps on and off since day 7 transfer kind of same feeling like going to hv my periods . same thing happen during my 1st cycle.. I’m very much worried now.. is it normal to hv such cramps because I hv read in comments, some are telling the same.. I can’t discuss this with hubby because he is very positive about this and I don’t want to spoil it.. this 2ww is really long in my lifetime.. tq

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Dhams,

      Can be normal that you have this syntoms after the embryo transfer.

      Don’t worry about it!

      Best regards

      • anna Reply

        Hi Dr
        I did a blastocyst transfer yesterday. ..please can I travel by road on Friday .That’s 4 days after the transfer
        Its an 8 hour journey and am kind of worried

        • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

          Dear Anna,

          We do not recommend post transfer rest so you can travel without any problem! Good luck!

  71. Jenny Reply

    Hi Dr,
    I’m gonna do ET this week, Am i need to do for Fertility Acupuncture?
    And what I have do and don’t do after ET?
    Thank you

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Jenny,

      Acupuncture it’s an option that you can do if you think that you need it.
      After embryotransfer you have to do your normal life, only avoid sexual intercourse and baths

      Good luck!

  72. Joy Reply

    Dear dr
    I had 1 expanded blastocyst (fet) with assisted hatching transfer last may 11,2017. Had been having on and off mild cramping since the transfer. Today (6th day post transfer) I’m feeling slight dizzy and sleepy most of the time. Is this normal side effect of ivf meds.? My bhcg test is still on the 25th of may.
    Thank you.

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Joy,

      Pains post embryo transfer could be present come some day after the procedure, the fact that you feel tired and drowsy could be due to the progesterone.

      Good luck!

      • Joy Reply

        Thank you for the response dr
        I have runny nose(watery) and dry cough that started 2 days ago. But today is worse. Can these still be side effects of ivf meds?

        • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

          Dear Joy,

          I recommend you talk to your Dr about this symptoms, but it’s not common this kind of symptoms during the IVF treatment.

          Best regards

  73. Ally Reply


    I have been constipated since ER and last night I didn’t think and took a senkot. This morning I have been called in for a 3 day transfer. Will everything be ok? Now I’ve had no relief and I’m worried I’ve put my chances at risk

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Ally,

      Don´t worry, there is no risk for your treatment taking Senkot.

      Kind regards

  74. Silvia Flores Reply

    Hello Dr. I’m 46 years old. I had egg donor transfer on May 23 17. on day five a had sex with my husband and since that moment all cramps and tired are gone. Was that a bad thing to do?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Silvia,

      Don´t worry you didn´t do anything wrong. Most of the people get pregnant naturally and most of the time they don´t know that they are pregnant so they continue having sexual relationship without any complication.

      Kind regards

  75. Jacqueline Reply

    Dear Dr. Marisa,

    My 5-day blastocyst was implanted 4 days ago.

    Can I please ask if it is safe for me to eat cooked seafood (if so, what is best, if not, what should I avoid)?

    Also, can I ride a bicycle and a scooter during this time?

    Thank you kindly for your help.

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Jaqueline,

      It is safe to eat cooked fish, you can eat every kind, there is no difference. And of course you can ride a bicycle and a scooter during this time.


  76. joyce Reply

    well had my et 25 /5/17 day 9 after embryo day 5
    currently no symptoms but am having eutucharia rash .any Time I scratch my skin yet to do pt,and this is my 4th attempt will be 39 this pls

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Joyce,

      Our suggestion is to ask your doctor how to proceed in this case.

      Kind regards

  77. zain Ghoghari Reply

    hi dr iam worried abt my vaginal dischargeby watery my Et done on 26th of may today its 9th day of my ET my breast very sore and i have little pain at my uterus also cramping at lower abdomen after 2 days there is my hcg blood test so pls tell it is positive or negetive this is my first time after 9yr of my marraige

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Zain,

      We suggest to wait until the day of your pregnancy test. Your symptoms are very unspecific.

      Kind regards

  78. Laddi Reply

    Hi doctor,

    My wife did 1 embryo FET on 30th May 2017 and today on day 12 (11th June 2017) her p4 dropped from 28 to 26 and E2 from 189 to 188. The doctor gave a progesterone shot today and she’s currently on progesterone and estrogen medication from the beginning.
    Her hcg today is also tested and it’s at 45.

    Do you think she’s preganant? Any good chances the numbers will rise and perhaps double in the upcoming following days blood test?

    Love to her from you.

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Laddi,

      Bhgc of 45 means that your wife is pregnant. It is not a very high result, she should have another blood test in two days in order to check if the number will double.

      Kind regards and good luck!

  79. Joujou Reply

    Hi I had my fresh ET (3 days) on last Satuday, today is day 7 after transfer, since day one of transfer I feel strong cramping like the one of period
    Also, i suffer from discharge i can t live my life normally because of the vaginal discharge, today i couldn t reach the toilet, discharges fall before… I took endometrin 3 times a day upon doctor prescription… i m 42 years old, my body produced 13 folics, 4 of them good ones, doctor transferred 2…..
    My question is: is it normal this discharge?? I m worried to know the result since it s my fourth IVF that all failed before….

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Joujou,

      We suggest you to have a control scan with your doctor if the discharges are heavy.


  80. Favour Reply

    I did my first icsi fresh et the eggs was on the 24 of April retrieved the embryo was transferred on 27 April , and it failed with heavy bleeding.
    Now I just had another embryo transfer again on the 22 of June 2017 natural et I don’t want to take any medication at all. But I am always having this burning sensation in my stomach just like the last one that failed, I am so worried, please what does this mean

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Favour,

      It can happens to have this kind of sensation but it doesn´t mean that your treatment will be not successful. Try to be positive and try to relax.

      Kind regards

  81. narayan Reply

    we had Et on 7-6-2017 and beta hcg report on 21-6-17 B-Hcg was 655.4 since from 23 my wife is bit tensed stressed lot and shouted lot with anger and today she is tensed that it may have affected baby inside as tomorrow we will be having urine test. please advice

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Narayan,

      Don´t worry, it is normal to be stressed during a treatment, but this stress can´t affect the baby.

      Kind regards

  82. elg Reply

    Hi Dr. López,
    I had a 5d fet on Wednesday Jun22. Last night I was dreaming my husband and I were having sex and it felt so good that I had an orgasm. I woke up because I could feel it really strong. I went to the WR and tried to calm myself down, but ever since I’ve been worried about those contractions. They told me not to have sex nor have orgasms during the first week after the FET, but I can’t control my dreams. Was this at all dangerous to the embryo, since it’s only day 4 today?

    • Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

      Dear Elg,

      Don´t worry, having an orgasm will not have any consequences in your treatment.

      Good luck!

  83. Tuyet Tran Reply

    Sorry, I didn’t finish my comment and accidentally press on the send.
    I have been searching on google and servals people has say that I suppose to feel different like cramping…. But so far I have not feel anything. Does that mean my cycle has failed?

  84. Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

    Dear Tuyet,

    Don´t worry, every person and every cycle are different, it is not a bad sign not feeling anything. The best you can do is trying to stay relaxed and avoid checking information on the web.

    Good luck!

  85. qtmi Reply

    I did my transfer on day 3 with 2 embryos transferred
    on june 15 and had one more they
    kept till day 5 but the not make it ?
    what does this mean for are transfer that was done o day 3 ?
    also is it safe to have sex? or do we wait till organic test?
    many thanks
    kind regards qtmi

  86. Dr. Marisa López-Teijón Reply

    Dear Qtmi,

    We don´t know why your doctor decide to transfer the embryos on day 3, it could depend from different factors. Usually we suggest to avoid sexual activity with penetration until the day of the pregnancy test.

    Kind regards and good luck

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