A common question that IVF patients ask is: “How should I sleep after embryo transfer to increase my chances of a successful treatment?”
Embryo transfer is the last and most important step in IVF / ICSI treatment. A fertility drug is used during IVF to stimulate the release of healthy eggs from the ovaries. A woman’s eggs are fertilized in a laboratory after they have been extracted from her ovaries.
As soon as the fertilized eggs have multiplied, the embryos are implanted in the uterus of the woman. A pregnancy may begin after the embryo implants itself in the uterine wall.
Sleeping Position After Embryo Transfer
A common misconception is that sleeping in a certain position after embryo transfer will increase your chances of success. The only thing you need after embryo transfer is good bed rest, not a specific sleeping position. The sleeping position has no impact on implantation, embryo implantation, or success rates.
Following the embryo transfer, we recommend resting at home for a few hours. After a few hours of rest, routine daily activities can be resumed until the pregnancy test is done, although it has not been shown to improve pregnancy rates. Patients are advised to take their medication regularly, eat a balanced diet, and exercise regularly.
You should pay attention to your sleeping position after successful IVF, not after embryo transfer. When your IVF is successful, you should pay attention to your sleeping position in the second and third trimesters. The best position for sleeping in these stages is on your back or on your left side. Sleeping on the left side is the most recommended position. During pregnancy, you should avoid sleeping on your stomach after successful IVF.
Trouble Sleeping After Embryo Transfer
Sometimes patients will feel that they will have trouble sleeping after the embryo transfer, but this is a normal symptom. There is always an element of anxiety during and after IVF treatment about whether my treatment will be successful. There are several reasons why women have trouble sleeping, but this is the most common one.
Does Sleeping Position Help Implantation?
There is no evidence that sleeping in a certain position helps implantation. It is enough to sleep 7-8 hours a night to feel fresh throughout the day and not tired.
What to Do After Embryo Transfer?
In between embryo transfer and beta-hCG test day, there is a gap of about two weeks, which is a significant amount of time. The precautions we should take are listed below:
- The medicine must be taken regularly; the most important medicine in this is progesterone. This medicine helps to support implantation. It is given orally, by injection, and vaginally. If you see any side effects of the medicine, then you must contact the doctor.
- Pamper Yourself: Always assume positively that the embryo will implant. Please allow yourself a few days of rest and relaxation after you have finished this process.
- Don’t take too much rest. Getting more rest may also reduce your blood flow, which won’t help with the implantation. Maintain a moderate level of physical activity every day.
- Eat green vegetables, fruits, salad, cheese, grains, and dry fruits
- Avoid alcohol, papaya, pineapple, fast food, seafood, caffeine, and cigarettes completely
- Do not have sex: Sexual activity may affect implantation, so it is best to avoid it.
- Don’t use a cell phone in excess: It has no direct impact on treatment and success, and even then, you shouldn’t use it excessively for a few days.
- Stay in touch with your doctor
Getting enough sleep is important after embryo transfer. According to the researchers, women who slept less had lower fertility than women who slept enough.
Yes, you can travel and fly after embryo transfer. There is no documented evidence of potential risk to the mother or fetus. If you are going on a long-haul flight, we recommend staying hydrated to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT). On the flight, make sure you stay hydrated and exercise as much as possible.
You are free to sleep on either side, it is fine. However, doctors usually recommend doing the left side.
Sleeping position does not affect implantation, it is a myth.
You need to rest completely after the embryo transfer. Exercise, bending, and heavy lifting should be avoided, as well as maintaining a normal body temperature.
Remember to stay away from anxiety and get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day. You need a good environment around you. As long as you remain physically and mentally fit, may your treatment be successful.
You should choose a clinic that has a doctor with a lot of infertility experience, not one because it’s close to your home. It is important to get a good review from all patients before choosing a clinic. Do your research before you go ahead and start looking for a clinic.
We hope this article helped you. Patients who wish to conceive through IVF or ICSI should read this.