You can learn more about the embryo transfer stage of treatment here
Follow up or review appointment
Patients are welcome to book an appointment with a doctor prior to proceeding to a FET cycle. A review appointment is included in a treatment cycle, if within 3 months of the review date of the previous cycle.
Follow up appointments are for those who may have had treatment a while ago and wish to discuss the process prior to starting the FET cycle.
Call with day one
If you are happy to proceed to your FET cycle without speaking to a doctor first, you can call the clinic on day one of your cycle and we will arrange things from there. See “starting treatment” section below.
Counselling is available at any stage of your treatment pathway. Fertility treatment is a significant emotional journey for all patients, and counselling provides extra emotional support. It is completely confidential. If you are going to be using donated eggs or sperm for your treatment, then you’ll be required to see the counsellor before starting treatment, to discuss the implications for both you and any children that may be born.
Your treatment will start on Day 1 of your period when you will need to call the clinic. We will then instruct you to start the treatment plan as explained by one of our nurses. As you’re not undergoing ovarian stimulation, you may or may not have drugs to take in this cycle. The drugs are there to help us control your endometrial development, so that we can replace your embryos in the best possible environment at the right time in a ‘medicated cycle’. If you have a regular menstrual cycle, we still monitor you, so we can transfer the embryo(s) at the best point in your ‘natural cycle’.
We’ll monitor your cycle through visits to the clinic for scans and possibly blood tests, or through home ovulation kits. The timings are different for everyone, because treatment is tailored to suit each patient individually.
Embryo Selection or Creation
Embryo Selection or Creation
If you’re using your own or donated frozen embryos, they will be carefully thawed for implantation.
We place your embryos in culture dishes in the incubator to allow development to take place
The procedure can feel like a smear test, but it takes longer: around 15 minutes. A tiny drop of culture medium containing one or two embryos is carefully deposited in the uterus using a thin catheter.
If you decided before treatment to store any further good quality embryos for further cycles, you’ll be consulted again, and it will happen at this stage.
We appreciate how difficult this ‘two-week’ wait can be. Please call us at anytime if you are concerned – no worry is too small. It’s a good idea to make plans for after embryo transfer, to help you feel more in control: try to live life as normally as possible.
The UK average success rate for an IVF treatment cycle is around 30%. The treatment journey can be made up of a number of cycles and frozen embryo transfers. The good news is that these will add up; the more cycles you go through, the greater your chances of success.
Around 17 days after egg collection you will need to take a pregnancy test.
If you’re pregnant, we schedule a scan in the clinic at around 6-8 weeks. If everything looks OK, you’re discharged to your GP.
If your period arrives before the test is due, or the test is negative, rest assured you are not alone.
We can meet to talk, review your treatment, and consider what the next step will be on your IVF journey. IVF conception often takes place over a number of cycles. You could be ready for a new cycle within a short time, even a couple of months if you have frozen embryos.