What to Expect During IVF
5. Embryo transfer.
Three days after harvesting your eggs, your doctor will use a thin catheter
to insert two or three embryos into your uterus via the vagina. "This is a
painless procedure that feels like a Pap smear," explains Mark Perloe,
M.D., medical director at Georgia Reproductive Specialists in Atlanta. If
genetic diseases are a concern, this step might occur on day five, after lab
biopsies have been performed to select the healthiest embryos.
6. The outcome.
Your partner (or a friend or a family member) will give you daily injections
of progesterone, a hormone that aids implantation, in the buttocks. In two
weeks, you'll take a pregnancy test at the clinic; someone there will call to
give you the results.
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