By Cristina Mestre Ferrer BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 05/27/2014

ICSI is an assisted reproduction technique which consists in injecting the sperm cell showing the best characteristics inside the egg, leading to assisted fertilisation. The last step of the ICSI process is the embryo transfer.

Anxiety while awaiting ICSI results

It is observed how the embryos of the fertilised eggs develop. The fertility expert must select those embryos which have developed better and are considered of higher quality to perform the embryo transfer, which may occur on day 3 or 5.

Waiting time

Once embryo transfer has taken place in the woman’s uterus, two weeks must elapse to know if the treatment has been successful and if pregnancy has been achieved.

It is necessary to wait for this period to know if embryo implantation has been successful, in this case it would be a pregnancy, or on the contrary the transferred embryos have not implanted and have been expelled, in such a way that we would have to wait and subsequently start another cycle again to achieve pregnancy. If a woman takes the test before 15 days, the result of the pregnancy test will not be reliable.

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Experts recommend to undergo a blood test through beta hCG hormone, which is increased in expectant women, to take a pregnancy test. In this way the result is definitive and errors does not usually occur, unlike pregnancy tests sold in chemist’s, despite they are more reliable every day, they can indicate a false positive or a false negative. For this reason, this period is called the beta wait by many women.

One of the most recommended tips during this waiting time is to express the feelings and emotions to the closest people, since speaking helps to reduce the stress. It is also recommended to do activities in order not to become obsessed while awaiting the results and this time passes faster.

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Authors and contributors

 Cristina Mestre Ferrer
BSc, MSc
Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences, Genetics & Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV). Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the UV and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Embryologist at IVI Barcelona. More information