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Leading a normal life after the embryo transfer

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It is advisable for the woman to exercise regularly after treatment, as this helps relieve stress

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Is bed rest necessary after an embryo transfer? That is the question that many women ask themselves after undergoing an embryo transfer. This question has been the subject of many recent studies, the results of which help shed a little light on the dilemma. The conclusion is that today, there is no evidence to suggest that bed rest increases the success rate of the treatment, even immediately after the embryo transfer. What is more, leading a normal life is the best option.

Years ago, women had to stay in bed for the first 24 hours. Most people believed that gravity could affect the embryo or move it from its position, and for this reason many women were in favour of absolute rest.

Today, many scientific studies have shown that there is no evidence that bed rest improves the results of the transfer. Furthermore, the women participating in those clinical studies who exercised normally after the embryo transfer obtained even better results in the implantation and gestation than those who rested, although this increase in results is not significant in statistical terms.

The myth about gravity is false
It is erroneous to think that gravity can affect the embryo’s possibility of becoming implanted. In most women, the womb is tilted forward which means that it adopts a more horizontal position if the woman is standing than if she is lying down –when the womb is more vertical. Moreover, many studies have been conducted in which ultrasound scans have shown, through the position of a bubble transferred together with the embryo, that there is no change in its location in the womb if the woman exercises or remains in a resting position for 15 minutes.

Relieving stress is the best recommendation
It is known that the woman undergoes great emotional stress immediately after the transfer takes place. For that reason, we think it best for the woman not to be alone: she must feel calm and be accompanied by her partner, a friend or a relative.

On the other hand, taking regular physical exercise during the treatment is a good way to help relieve stress. We can safely say that not only is it beneficial to lead a normal life after the embryo transfer, but it is also highly recommendable.

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References

1. Bed rest after embryo transfer: is it harmful? M. Küçük. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Adnan Menderes University, Turkey. November 2012

2. Ultrasonographic Evidence that Bedrest after Embryo Transfer Is Useless Marieke J. Lambers Cornelis B. Lambalk Roel Schats Peter G.A. Hompes. Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, VU Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. July 2009

3. Bed rest after embryo transfer Bin Li a, Hong Zhoua, Weihong Li. Department of Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400038, China and Reproductive Medical Center, First affiliated Hospital, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016, China. December 2010

4. Bed rest after embryo transfer negatively affects in vitro fertilization: a randomized controlled clinical trial Sharayu Gaikwad, M.D., Nicolas Garrido, Ph.D., Ana Cobo, Ph.D., Antonio Pellicer, M.D., and Jose Remohi, M.D. Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad Valencia and Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain. May 2013

5. Bed rest after embryo transfer: a randomized controlled trial Karen J. Purcell, M.D., Ph.D., Michael Schembri, M.S., Tracey L. Telles, M.D., Victor Y. Fujimoto, M.D., and Marcelle I. Cedars, M.D. Fertility Physicians of Northern California, San Jose and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California. June 2007

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  • Rebecca

    Thanks for the post. I´m living in Germany and after my transfer I was really stressed, but my partner was all the time by my side. It is good for me reading such an article.
    Cheers Rebecca

    • EUGIN

      Dear Rebecca,

      Many thanks for your comment and for sharing your own experience. Partners do indeed play a very important role during treatment as it’s important to feel you are not alone and you are being supported in order to help you through the experience and to prepare you for this important project of creating a family.

      Best regards from the team at Eugin

  • EUGIN

    A reader of our blog has asked us the following question. Since we consider it to be of great interest, we are copying it here in full, translating the question and our response:

    Hello.
    I’d like to ask about donation methods. You say that you guarantee that a donor has not taken part in procreating more than 6 children (including her own). Does that mean you take into consideration potential donations made in other clinics apart from your own? If so, how is it done?
    Some time ago I read that Spain is obliged to have a national register of donors and donations. Does such a register exist?
    During my first medical examination in May 2011, I mentioned this to the doctor, who obviously was not willing to say much about it; even so, he did say that the control was only carried out in EUGIN (6 children) and therefore it did not take into account donations made in other centres. In my case, this might pose a problem. Could you clarify this issue for me? Thank you in advance.

    EUGIN says:
    Dear S,
    Many thanks for your comment.
    It is true that the Spanish Assisted Human Reproduction legislation establishes a maximum of 6 children born in Spain (including the donor’s own children). That limit is established by each country and its purpose is to prevent the risk of blood relations. For instance, in France the limit is 10 children born per donor (male or female). EUGIN’s medical staff is completely in favour of this limit and it will continue to apply and respect it until the Spanish Ministry of Health creates an official donors register.
    At present, we conduct a personal interview with all our donors (both male and female) during which they must complete and sign a questionnaire about their health and that of their families, including the number of donations made in the past. In the event of having previously made donations, our medical team contacts the centre where the donations were made to check their results.
    EUGIN Clinic applies the recommendations of the Catalan Bioethics Committee, which establishes a maximum of 6 donations per donor (no matter what the results), in order to guarantee the personal wellbeing of the donors and to avoid potential risk of blood relations.
    Lastly, we would like to say that EUGIN Clinic is an assisted reproduction centre that attends to patients from 78 different countries. This reduces the blood relation risk and makes it practically impossible.
    We hope this has answered your question. Please contact us if you need any more information.

  • EUGIN

    A reader of our blog has asked us the following question. Since we consider it to be of great interest, we are copying it here in full, translating the question and our response:

    ridha says:
    I would like to know how the egg donors are selected. Does it depend on their age or on their resemblance to the future parents? Following the birth, could any problem arise with respect to the resemblance with the father or mother? I would appreciate your response.

    EUGIN says:
    Hello Ridha.
    Thank you for your comment.
    Spanish legislation on assisted reproduction establishes that egg donation must be carried out with the utmost respect for the physical and immunological traits of the receiver and the donors.
    Eugin Clinic pays great attention to this process, and not just due to the fact that it is stipulated by law, but because it helps the child adapt properly to the family and its circle. Our staff includes a group of professionals who are exclusively dedicated to ensuring that each patient receives eggs from the donor who is most compatible with the physical characteristics of the future parents.
    To achieve this we use a sophisticated system that takes into consideration the physical traits (including photos) and also ensures that the donor’s blood group is compatible with your blood group, when this is possible.

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