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USEFUL CARE TIPS AFTER EMBRYO TRANSFER

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USEFUL CARE TIPS AFTER EMBRYO TRANSFER

Explore our helpful tips for post-transfer care

Congratulations on your embryo transfer! This is a huge step in your journey to bring home a healthy baby using IVF. The team at the "Alexander Traianos" Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fetal Medicine knows that you have probably been waiting a long time for this day to come. However, you may now be wondering how to take care of yourself after embryo transfer. Our fertility center expert is here with some post-transfer care tips to help give you some guidance.

Tips for care after embryo transfer

Many expectant parents worry about doing something that will hinder the success of their pregnancy after embryo transfer. You can breathe a sigh of relief because your chance of success has very little to do with the precautions you take after transfer. As a result, most of our post-transfer care tips relate to taking care of yourself and preparing your body for pregnancy.

→ Your body has been through a lot during IVF, so take a few days after the embryo transfer to rest and rejuvenate. You don't have to stay in bed all day, but you should take some time to pamper yourself because you deserve it.

→ We also recommend that you continue to take any medications your doctor has prescribed. For example, progesterone can help the lining of the uterus to be more receptive to a fetus. You'll also want to start taking a daily prenatal vitamin with folic acid if you don't already.

→ It is important to eat a balanced diet as you prepare to have life inside you. Make sure you get plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as foods with B vitamins, calcium, iron and protein.

→ Finally, we know it's hard to resist the urge to take a pregnancy test right away. However, this could lead to a false negative or positive result immediately after embryo transfer. That's why we recommend waiting about two weeks to have an examination at our fertility center.

 

Our team is always here to answer your questions

Fertility treatment can be an emotional ups and downs, and it's normal to have a lot of questions. You can count on the team at Alexandros Traianos Reproductive & Fetal Medicine Center to provide you with the answers and support you need on your journey to parenthood. Contact us to schedule an appointment on (+30)2310 277 032 and learn more about your fertility treatment options.

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FREQUENT QUESTIONS

The association of IVF drugs with cancer risk is a major concern for women enrolled in these programs. But the plethora of bibliographic reports collected from credible scientific studies and published in reputable medical journals worldwide are reassuring and do not confirm this concern.

Of course not. In about a third of cases, infertility is due to the woman (female factor), while in a third of cases, it is due to the man (male factor). The remaining one-third is due to both (both men and women) or even to unknown factors.

The quantity and quality of a man's sperm can be affected by his health and lifestyle. Some factors that can reduce the quantity and / or quality of sperm are:

  • the alcohol
  • drugs
  • environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead
  • smoking
  • health problems
  • medicines
  • radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • the age

Success rates vary at each IVF Center. Very important factors are also the age of the woman, the levels of her hormones and of course the sperm of the husband. Rates generally range from 45% or slightly higher for women up to 35 years old.

Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year (or 6 months, if it is a woman over 35) with normal, regular sexual intercourse. In other words, when a year passes without the woman becoming pregnant, the couple should consult their doctor to determine the cause of the pregnancy and then treat it. We must all, however, be aware and not forget that the age factor is the most critical for female fertility and that the individualized approach of each couple is the "golden key" that solves the problem.

The number of treatment cycles a woman can undergo is not specified. It is certain that in our country there are high level obstetricians-gynecologists and organized infertility treatment centers, which offer impeccable medical services at this level. If there are correct indications (eg ovaries that respond to stimulation therapy, good quality endometrium, etc.) the success rate -especially with the use of newer techniques and biotechnological drugs, which show increased bioactivity compared to conventional drugs from urine- totals approximately 65%-70% after 4 cycles of treatment.

At the Center for Reproductive Medicine of Dr. Traianos we offer egg / sperm cryopreservation services for those who have a personal or medical reason and need this service. We use the most modern vitrification technique in the freezing of sperm and eggs.

The collection of eggs takes 10-15 minutes, it is not painful, it is done under intoxication and after the end of the process you return to your activities.

In general, experts agree that the fact that a couple has already had a child can be considered evidence that there is no infertility problem in the first place. It is like a small test that has been done and proves that they "succeeded" at least once. On the other hand, we need to know that in the meantime things may have changed and a problem may have arisen (eg the man may have had some inflammation that affects the quality of his sperm or has mediated something that affects female fertility: an inflammation, a gynecological surgery, an abortion, etc.). In any case, if a reasonable period of time (one year) passes and a couple can not achieve a pregnancy, then he should with the help of his doctor investigate if there has been a problem that causes infertility.