After months or even years of fertility treatments, you are one step closer to a possible pregnancy by undergoing in vitro fertilization. Once your IVF treatment is complete, you will likely experience a range of emotions, as well as some potential physical side effects, in the days and weeks following your treatment. While you might feel a sense of relief and even excitement after the procedure, you may also worry about the effectiveness of the treatment and notice some common side effects. Prepare for your post-IVF experience by learning what to expect after your embryo transfer.
While you should be able to resume normal activities after the embryo transfer, you might experience some mildly uncomfortable side effects in the days following IVF. Bloating and cramping are normal and common after IVF. Likewise, you might be constipated after IVF, and you might even pass a small amount of clear or blood-tinged vaginal discharge. Because your body will have high estrogen levels after IVF, your breasts might be especially tender, much like they might be before a period. If you have any worrisome symptoms, such as heavy bleeding, contact your doctor.
The two weeks between IVF and a pregnancy test can be emotionally challenging. You might experience an array of emotions, from hope for the future to concern that the IVF treatment did not work. This two-week wait can be frustrating, and it may even lead to “phantom symptoms,” where you convince yourself that you are or are not pregnant based on those symptoms that you are or are not experiencing. As a result, having a support system in place can help you get through these challenging two weeks.
Preparation for Pregnancy
After IVF, you will wait two weeks before taking a pregnancy test. Your doctor will offer guidance on how and when to test — you might opt to use an at-home test, or you might go into your doctor’s office for a blood test, where he or she can test your HCG levels to determine whether you’re pregnant. Ultimately, the results from that test end this stage of your IVF journey. You will either celebrate a new pregnancy and make a plan with your healthcare provider for the next nine months, or you will reevaluate your fertility treatments with the help of your doctor.
If you are having trouble conceiving and want to learn more about IVF in Tampa, Florida, let Reproductive Medicine Group help you achieve your dream of becoming pregnant.