Note, I'm removing references to "partner" since I'm using donor sperm and I have friends on point for drop off/pick up.
- Nothing to eat or drink after midnight, not even water
- Report in exactly 1 hour prior to procedure (DO NOT BE LATE). Wear comfortable clothing and socks. Do not wear jewelry or makeup. Do not wear cologne or perfumed products. Wear glasses (not contacts). Bring picture ID.
- You may experience some discomfort after retrieval. Bring your Vicodin in case you have discomfort.
- Activity: Anesthesia will gradually wear off. Do not drive, rest quietly at home through the remainder of the day; do not work. Tomorrow, you may participate in light activities if you are feeling well. Eat light meals as tolerated.
- You may experience cramping or vaginal bleeding. You may use sanitary napkins and take Tylenol as needed. Call if you experience continued or severe cramping or bleeding, or if you develop a fever. Do not use tampons.
- Do not stop taking medications until instructed by your IVF nurse.
- Begin Medrol the night of retrieval. Take as directed for 6 nights
- The transfer will be performed on day 3 or 5 and occasionally on day 6 following retrieval (retrieval is day 0)
- The embryologist & physician will determine the day of transfer based on the number of dividing embryos as well as your specific clinical situation.
- Actual time of transfer will be scheduled 1 or 2 days in advance
- If the clinical situation changes we may need to move your transfer (from day 3 to day 5 or 6)
Embryo Transfer Instructions
- Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled transfer time
- Bring your Valium with you to take at arrival
- Prior to your transfer start drinking water to fill your bladder
- You will be awake during transfer. You will stay at rest on the bed for 30 minutes after transfer.
- Do not wear perfume, cologne, etc
- Your first pregnancy test will be approximately 12 days afer transfer. Remember you will have a series of 3 pregnancy tests and the first is a baseline. Your IVF nurse will give further instructions based on test results. Good luck!
According to my instruction sheet, my first beta will be 12/23... This is pushed up much closer to Christmas than I expected. I'm going to ask if my first beta can be 12/22... as I plan to leave that day to be with my family for Christmas. We'll be spending Christmas in a small town in the mountains, about 3 hours from where I live. I'll have to see if I can find another location that will do the bloodwork, for beta #2 and #3 to confirm a BFP! ...I'm thinking positive here.
Also, the PIO that was sent expires on 12/19... I guess I'll have to order more to make it to the betas, and beyond.