Does an embryo transfer hurt? This is a common question many women ask after they decide to become a surrogate. A former surrogate can provide the best answer.
A Surrogate Shares Her Transfer Experience
Amanda, a two-time surrogate for a California surrogacy agency, was happy to share information about her transfer procedure.
It’s important to note that each woman may have a different experience. Still, it’s nice to hear about an embryo transfer firsthand from someone who has been through it before. Well, in Amanda’s case, two times.
While each woman may feel something completely different, Amanda said that both times were less uncomfortable than a pap smear.
The Most Challenging Part Of An Embryo Transfer
While surrogate candidates want details about an embryo transfer, they also want honest answers. One thing they want to know is what the most challenging part of the transfer entails.
For Amanda, the most uncomfortable part was having her bladder so full before the procedure.
The Embryo Transfer Process
When Amanda got to the clinic (with her very full bladder), she went through the appropriate paperwork. Afterward, a nurse took her to a room where there was soft and relaxing music playing in the background. The lights were dim.
Amanda described it as a comfortable atmosphere. Her husband was by her side to help ease her nerves.
“My doctor was very soft-spoken, encouraging, and gentle,” she said. “He explained each step that he was going to take. I got to see a microscopic picture of the embryo before the transfer.”
During the first and second procedures, Amanda said she could see the transfer on a nearby monitor.
“The most beautiful moment of the transfer is when this catheter-type line enters and this orb-like glow appears inside the uterus. It was like something just floated off into life’s beautiful creations,” she said.
For Amanda’s second surrogacy, she described the transfer similar to a feeling of warmth.
What A Surrogate Can Expect After An Embryo Transfer
While Amanda’s doctors told her to rest and walk around a little after the transfer, she took it extra easy.
“I took my bed rest very seriously. I stayed in bed and tried to stay as calm and relaxed as possible,” Amanda said.
Amanda’s first transfer was unsuccessful and she followed her doctor’s orders. Many women thinking about becoming surrogates are surprised to learn that it takes an average of three IVF transfers to achieve success.
Surrogacy: The Right Team
Amanda believes that surrogacy is one of those amazing experiences in life. Over the years, a new generation of third-party reproductive medical advances has made huge strides.
“With the right team, positivity, and faith anything is possible,” she said. “When people ask me about my two journeys I tell them that dreams can and will come true through surrogacy.”