What does the embryo transfer feel like? Does it hurt? Read below to hear about one former surrogate’s experience during her embryo transfers.
A Surrogate Shares Her Transfer Experience
Amanda, a two-time surrogate for Extraordinary Conceptions, a California based surrogacy agency, was happy to share information about her embryo transfer experiences.
It’s important to note that every 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. Not every embryo transfer results in a positive pregnancy, so in some cases, a surrogate may have to undergo 2-3 transfers before she has that positive pregnancy test after the dreaded “2 week wait.”
Amanda, like other surrogates, told us that her procedure was “less uncomfortable than a PAP smear” and that “it wasn’t bad at all.”
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 IVF clinic will give you specific instructions on how much water to drink before the procedure. A full bladder helps change the angle of the uterus to make the transfer easier and helps the physician see the catheter more clearly on the ultrasound to help place the embryo correctly.
The Embryo Transfer Process
When Amanda arrived at the clinic (with her very full bladder), she went through the appropriate paperwork before a nurse escorted her to a gently lit room where there was relaxing music playing in the background, where she prepared for the procedure.
Most embryo transfer rooms are kept at a cooler temperature, with soft lighting and calming music to help nurture a peaceful environment. Before the procedure begins, surrogates are introduced to the embryologist and possibly even an ultrasonographer who will assist the physician with the transfer.
Amanda described it as a comfortable atmosphere. Her husband was by her side every step of the way to help ease any nervousness that she might have had.
“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 even though 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 the most amazing experiences in life. Over the years, a new generation of third-party reproductive medical advances has made huge strides to help those who couldn’t have children previously to become the parents they always wanted to be.
“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.”
The key is having a team of experts who can help guide you through your entire surrogacy journey and who are there for you through any possible failed transfers. It’s not just about having the right agency, but also knowing that the IVF doctor and their team are dedicated to your success and seeing the future parents holding their happy and healthy baby in the end.
Do you have a unique surrogacy experience that you’d like to share with us? Send your story to Marketing@extraconceptions.com