TRANSFERRING A FERTILIZED EMBRYO TO A WOMAN'S UTERUS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE IN VITRO FERTILIZATION PROCESS.
AN EMBRYO TRANSFER IS THE LAST PART OF THE IN VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF) PROCESS.
Embryo transfer is a procedure whereby embryos are placed into the patient’s uterus. It is a simple, painless procedure very much like a routine gynaecological exam.
The embryo transfer process is similar to the process for a pap smear. The doctor will insert a speculum into the woman's vagina to keep the vaginal walls open.
Using ultrasound for accuracy, the doctor will then pass a catheter through the cervix and into the womb. From there, the embryos are passed through the tube and into the womb.
The process is usually pain free and rarely requires any sedatives. Some women may feel discomfort as a result of having the speculum inserted or from having a full bladder, which is required for ultrasound. The process is short, and the bladder can be emptied immediately after.
Embryos are deposited in the uterus through a thin catheter.