Is fasting necessary to perform an embryo transfer?

  1.  Elisha Højlund

    Hey, I’m halfway through my IVF with ICSI cycle. We are using ICSI because my husband has oligoasthenoteratospermia, so his sperm quality has reached rock bottom. I’ve already undergone follicular puncture and the truth is everything went almost unnoticed, I’m feeling fine today. We’ve got 2 viable embryos, and tomorrow I’ll have the ET done… The unused embryos will be frozen for use in the future, because we have it clear that wish another baby. I’m starting to freak out and doubts are filling my mind… Maybe it’s a stupid question but is fasting necessary to perform an ET? Does it increase the success rates? Thanks!

    February 24, 2016 at 9:47 am
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  2. Sandra F. Sandra F.
    inviTRA's Moderator

    Dear Elisha,

    being doubtful before an embryo transfer is a normal thing, since it is a complex fertility treatment about which not everyone knows too much. Don’t be afraid of asking anything that may cross your mind, we are here to help.

    As for your question, the answer is no: fasting before the embryo transfer won’t change or improve the final outcome. However, drinking plenty of fluids is very important, as women should have a full bladder for the embryo transfer due date. This way, watching how it evolves through ultrasound scan will be easier. Besides, the weight of the bladder against your uterus will make it adopt a position that makes it easier for the gynecologist to insert the catheter through the vagina.

    Wishing you the best of luck!


    March 8, 2016 at 10:34 am
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