5. What if my embryo transfer isn't successful?
While no patient wants to receive the news that their embryo transfer wasn't successful, our team of eight reproductive endocrinologists here at Illume Fertility work hard to create the optimal fertility treatment plan for each patient and maximize their chances of achieving a successful pregnancy.
Every situation is different, but sometimes, as frustrating as it is, it just takes a few cycles to achieve success. Remember: You're in great hands!
If this happens to you, it's only natural to feel upset - and then wonder what's next. Our Care Team will come together to rally around you and figure out the next step.
6. Are there any side effects from an embryo transfer?
While there aren't any side effects typically associated with the actual embryo transfer itself, the side effects of taking progesterone and estrogen can often feel like early pregnancy - however, they tend to be mild. The embryo transfer procedure has little to no side effects other than (hopefully) pregnancy!
Common side effects from progesterone and estrogen:
- Breast tenderness
- Bruising at the injection site
Everybody is different - some patients report little to no side effects, and some feel some discomfort. Always reach out to your Care Team if you have any concerns.
And lastly...get your hopes up!
The day of your embryo transfer is such an exciting, hopeful day. Take good care of yourself before and after this big milestone in your fertility journey, and celebrate how far you've come.
You've gone through a lot to get here.
Struggling to feel hopeful? Our OB/GYN friend Dr. Shieva Ghofrany shared some beautiful advice about why you should still get your hopes up, even when you're scared to.
If you've been through multiple unsuccessful fertility treatment cycles, it may feel difficult to stay hopeful as you try again, because you don't want to be let down. But we see your strength and perseverance. And we're here to cheer you on and support you the whole way.