Blastocyst transfer

Embryo transfer

With this treatment, embryos are allowed to develop to the blastocyst stage before being transferred to the womb


During IVF, eggs are removed from the ovaries and mixed with sperm in a laboratory dish so that fertilisation can occur. The embryos are then left to develop in the dish. An embryo that has been allowed to develop for five to six days before being transferred to the womb is known as a blastocyst.

Need to know

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    Once fertilisation has taken place, we will put one or two of the best embryos that have cultivated to the blastocyst stage back into your womb. This procedure usually requires a general anaesthetic which means you'll be asleep. Any unused good quality blastocysts can be frozen for future use.
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    Your consultant will let you know how to prepare for the procedure.
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    You can go home a few hours after the blastocyst transfer procedure. You don't need to stay in hospital overnight. After the blastocysts have been transferred you can get back to your normal routine. You’ll have a pregnancy test two weeks later. You’ll need to take progesterone supplements during this time. If you’re pregnant, you’ll need to keep taking these until you’re 12 weeks pregnant.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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