Positive Signs After Embryo Transfer

Positive Signs After Embryo Transfer

Infertility is common in the current world. It affects a couple out of ten and makes having a conception a rare thing. When you (a couple of the opposite sex) see a doctor to treat your problems, the doctor advises a few fertility treatment options after going through the reports of a few recommended tests/screenings. 

IVF or in vitro fertilisation is one of those suggested fertility treatments. Even being highly effective and successful, this treatment can be a lengthy and anxious process for some of you. This treatment involves many steps or procedures that are as follows:

  • Ovary stimulation with fertility drugs 
  • Egg retrieval 
  • Sperm extraction 
  • Egg fertilisation
  • Embryo transfer 
  • Pregnancy test  

Usually, you need to wait for 15 days after the transfer of an embryo into your female partner’s uterus. Females, willing to-be-moms, are eager to know the positive results. And hence, most of you focus on each sign you notice. Here, at this stage, many of you are worried about the spotting after embryo transfer.  

Is spotting after embryo transfer bad? 

A small bleeding is a topic of concern for women who are trying to conceive. To know whether spotting after embryo transfer is bad or not, you need to be familiar with your normal physiology.  

In a normal menstrual cycle, one of your ovaries releases an egg. And the egg travels to the uterus via the fallopian tubes. Your male partner’s sperm reaches the fallopian tubes at the same time to fertilise your egg. After fertilisation, there is formation of embryo and the embryo moves to the uterus after 4-5v days. There is formation of connection to the uterus inner layer. It is implantation. After the implementation, females experience bleeding or spotting that is implantation bleeding or spotting.    

In the IVF process, egg retrieval, fertilisation, and embryo development take place in the laboratory. After the development, experts transplant a mature embryo in the uterus. The implantation takes place. It is not a part of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) process; it is the one that happens naturally in the same way as normal pregnancy. So, spotting is one of the positive signs after embryo transfer. There is no need to worry about it.

Spotting or bleeding in the IVF process happens after 7-10 days of embryo transfer. Being self limiting in nature, it lasts only for 3-5 days. Spotting or bleeding after embryo transfer is an indication of early pregnancy. And as a mom-to-be through IVF, you may experience breast tenderness, nausea, cramping, or vomiting. Generally, 40% of females who become pregnant through IVF experience spotting or bleeding that is a little higher than a normal pregnancy.      

You (an IVF patient) can experience bleeding or spotting just after embryo transfer if your doctor had a technical issue at the time of embryo transfer or cervical manipulation. Your doctor can help you lower the problem's effects if it occurs immediately. You also need to consult your doctor if spotting after embryo transfer lasts for more than a week. It can be a sign of misscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. The doctor can help you lower the impacts and facilitate you to carry your IVF pregnancy successfully. 


Spotting after embryo transfer is common as the one in natural pregnancy. You do not need to worry about it. However, you need to see your doctor if spotting or bleeding after embryo transfer lasts for more days in comparison with a normal one. Your wise decision can help you escape yourself from having a critical issue in IVF pregnancy.


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