Embryo Transfer

When Can You Test After An Embryo Transfer?

Are you considering in vitro fertilization, (IVF) treatment to help you conceive? MCRM Fertility is here to help. We’re the clinic to visit whether you seek an IVF specialist or plan to freeze your eggs. Our fertility doctors can help you complete successful IVF treatment. We’re fertility specialists dedicated to helping you through your parenthood journey. 

MCRM’s Goal

Our team can assess your needs, diagnose the cause of your infertility, customize treatment and prepare you for a child. The wait for your first test can be agonizing if you’ve recently undergone an embryo transfer. Our specialists will provide a precise schedule to help you determine whether or not the transfer was successful. Here are some tips for the right time to test:

Use Professional Recommendation

At MCRM Fertility, we recommend working with our IVF specialist to determine the best time to take your first test. We’ll complete a blood test, which is the most effective way to determine if the embryo transplant was successful. The test examines the presence of hCG, the same compound that home pregnancy kits test in your urine. Successful embryo transfers can yield positive results within a week, but testing at home has many drawbacks.

How Long Until Successful Embryo Transfers Show?

Transfers involving five-day-old embryos can take six to ten days for the embryo to implant in the endometrial lining. Once the implantation happens, your body will begin to produce hCG, the pregnancy hormone that shows up in your urine. Home test kits with high sensitivity can detect the presence of hCG, but not all positive tests indicate a successful pregnancy. We recommend a blood test done by an experienced IVF specialist. 

At MCRM Fertility, we schedule the initial blood test around 7 days after the transfer with a second blood test approximately two days later.

Why You Should Avoid At Home Tests

Although you can test for pregnancy at home, our specialists recommend that you only test for pregnancy using the scheduled blood tests.  Taking at home tests won’t give you all the information you need. You also can’t guarantee the results are accurate. Below are three reasons why you shouldn’t rely on home kits for early pregnancy tests following an IVF embryo transfer:

a)    False Results

The IVF medications you take contain the pregnancy hormone, which can pass into your urine, causing false positives. Your natural hCG levels may also be low because it takes time for your body to produce the hormone. Some women also experience low hCG levels after an egg retrieval, so home tests aren’t definitive.

b)    Kit Errors

Another disadvantage of testing early is you may get erroneous results. Home pregnancy kits can be compromised during manufacturing, packaging, shipping, and use. You may also use them incorrectly, which results in errors. The results from a home test aren’t conclusive until our licensed specialist validates them.

Experienced IVF Specialist

IVF is a delicate and complex treatment involving different phases. You should have the right frame of mind and the best health conditions to succeed. If you’re considering the treatment, start by talking to our experienced IVF specialist. We’ll discuss everything and answer all questions to help you prepare for the treatment. Our specialists will also clear your doubts and concerns, so you can have peace of mind during the process.

The journey to parenthood is emotional and calls for patience and strength. At MCRM Fertility, we’re your partners and work together to achieve your vision. Our team comprises experienced fertility/infertility doctors and specialists. We can customize your treatment and complete successful IVF cycles to help you conceive a healthy baby. Our doctors are passionate and committed to quality treatment and interactions.

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