After a treatment such as IVF or egg donation, one of the questions that patients often ask themselves is: how long should I rest? In this article, we explain whether it is necessary to rest after an assisted reproduction treatment and we give you some recommendations.
How long is necessary to rest after an embryo transfer?
One of the advantages of egg donation is that the treatment has a shorter duration and the patient does not have to undergo follicular stimulation and puncture. During the egg donation treatment itself, it is possible to lead a normal life, although some discomfort such as swelling may appear while the patient undergoes endometrial preparation. On the day the embryo transfer is performed, the patient can return to her normal routine, but she must follow a series of recommendations.
There may be situations in which the doctor, who knows in detail the specific case of the patient, may recommend a rest period after the egg donation, although this is not usually the case.
Recommendations after embryo transfer
Although it is not essential to maintain absolute rest after an embryo transfer, it is necessary to follow certain guidelines to ensure maximum chances of success.
Although it is something uncontrollable, from the moment of the transfer till the pregnancy test, patients may suffer from nerves or stress until they have the result. We recommend they continue with their plans, and meetings and do things they enjoy to stop negative thoughts that produce stress.
Avoid physical effort
Even though the patient does not have to rest after IVF and can lead a normal life (go to work, take a walk, go out to dinner, etc.), she should not make significant physical efforts. She should avoid intense physical activity during the time indicated by the doctor. This will significantly reduce the chances of the embryo being ejected.
No smoking before the treatment and after treatment
Smoking is very damaging to embryo development and also to fertility in the pursuit of pregnancy. Therefore, it is essential to avoid smoking both before and after an assisted reproduction process if the patient wants to achieve pregnancy.
Do not consume alcohol
Like tobacco, alcohol consumption prior to and during treatment can negatively affect the implantation and development of the embryo.
Postponing sexual relations
It is usually recommended to postpone sexual intercourse (as far as vaginal intercourse is concerned) until after the pregnancy test.
We know that the feelings and emotions of the days before the pregnancy test are fluctuating and intense, but we must try to control them as best as possible with the clinic team, family, partner, and friends. If during these days you have any symptoms that generate concern or doubts, please contact your fertility center.