The embryo transfer itself is a relatively quick and painless procedure in which the IVF doctor uses a small catheter to insert the embryo(s) into your uterus. Anesthesia is often not necessary, but a mild sedative may be used. An ultrasound may be used to help guide the physician as he/she transfers the embryo(s). Once the embryologist has ensured that the embryo(s) have been safely inserted, you’ll remain in the room or a recovery room for 30-60 minutes before you are allowed to leave. Each doctor varies in their protocol, but most require anywhere from 1-5 days of bed rest which would begin as soon as you get home from the procedure or if you are not local, as soon as you get back to your hotel following the transfer.