In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment can be an emotionally taxing process, with hormones running high and hopes hanging in the balance. It’s no surprise, then, that the two-week wait between having an embryo transfer and taking a pregnancy test can leave your nerves totally shredded.
People undergoing IVF understand that there’s no guarantee it will lead to a successful pregnancy, which is where much of the anxiety comes from. The chances of an embryo transfer leading to a live birth range from 28% to 79%, depending on the quality of the embryos.
Following your egg collection, the fertility clinic will have graded your embryos for quality in line with the embryo grading chart. They should have explained where yours sits on the chart and — if you have more than one embryo — which one they have chosen to transfer. Remember that factors such as the age of the parents determine an embryo’s quality, and preimplantation genetic testing will be taken into account if you’ve chosen to have it.
In those tense two weeks following your embryo transfer, you may find yourself scrutinizing every twinge, hoping for an indication that the treatment has worked. That’s a completely normal reaction, but if possible, try to keep your cool. Instead, remember that although some people who’ve had a successful embryo transfer may display symptoms of early pregnancy in the first couple of weeks, such as bloating and nausea, others don’t experience anything at all.
“There is no one symptom that has a 100% correlation to a successful implantation,” explains Tiffanny Jones, MD, a practicing endocrinologist and fertility specialist in Dallas, Texas.