What are the Positive Signs of a Successful Embryo Transfer?- Confirmation of Pregnancy

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What are the Positive Signs of a Successful Embryo Transfer

The embryo transfer process is one of the most important aspects of IVF. It can be emotionally and physically taxing, but it’s worth it if you’re trying to have a baby. In this process, an embryo (usually from a FET or IVF treatment) is placed into the womb of another woman. After that, the eggs are fertilized with sperm, and the embryo is implanted. After the embryo transfer, the patient is supposed to wait for another 14 days before taking a pregnancy test. However, that wait is not easy, and your mind is full of doubts regarding embryo transfer outcomes. This blog discusses the implantation symptoms that you can check for before getting confirmation of the conception.

Spotting or Bleeding

One of the earliest and positive signs after embryo transfer is bleeding or spotting three to five days after the embryo transfer. Spotting on your toilet paper or in your underwear confirms implantation: that is, the transferred embryo has successfully attached to the lining of the uterine wall. However, the spotting may also occur due to the intake of prescribed hormone medications such as progesterone and not because of pregnancy.

Sore breasts

Another sign of a successful embryo transfer is sore breasts. The embryo’s implantation can turn your breasts tender to touch or swollen. You may also notice the darkening of areolas or tingling in nipples. However, according to fertility experts, the prescribed hormone medications you use during the 14 day wait period can also cause your breasts to get tender.


Cramping is commonly known to occur after the embryo has been transferred to the mother. The cramping that you experience is similar to the period cramps. It might also be experienced seven to 10 days after insemination. In addition, discomfort in the pelvic region can also occur due to high doses of gonadotropins and ovum picking up related fluid around ovaries.

Fatigue or tiredness

Fatigue or tiredness are the other positive signs after embryo transfer. This is because the embryo implantation increases progesterone level, which maintains the uterus lining. The increased progesterone often results in so much tiredness. However, fatigue is not always an indication of the success or failure of the transfer. Fatigue and tiredness can be caused by many different factors, such as fatigue from the original IVF cycle morning sickness, and is, therefore, not always a reliable indicator of pregnancy.


Nausea following embryo transfer is very common. However, nausea is also a common symptom of many disorders and conditions, which can be caused by various things, including your body’s response to the embryo transfer. In a normal pregnancy, nausea is due to the increasing levels of beta-hCG.


Bloating after embryo transfer generally indicates that the embryo is developing normally and implanted.

Bloat is a natural process that occurs in the body as it fills with fluid. It does not always indicate pregnancy but often does. If your doctor has told you to monitor for bloat, that is a good sign that you are pregnant.

Changes in vaginal discharge

Once the embryo transfer is complete, you will notice an abundance in your vaginal discharge. You may observe a thin, white, mild-smelling discharge during the early weeks of pregnancy. Unfortunately, the changes in vaginal discharge can also occur due to prescribed progesterone during the 2-week wait, and it has nothing to do with a successful embryo transfer.

Skipped period

A skipped period is also one of the positive signs after embryo transfer. If your menstruation cycle runs like clockwork, a missed period can be another confirmation of a successful embryo transfer. If your periods occur on the same day of each month, the absence of menstruation may indicate that you are pregnant.

Frequent urination

An increased need to pee is another sign you notice after a missed period. It happens due to a hormone called HCG, injected during embryo implantation. HCG raises blood and urine levels in the body and makes you take frequent trips to the bathroom. On the other hand, if frequent urination is accompanied by other symptoms such as painful urination and bleeding, you can immediately see your doctor as it can be a sign of urinary tract infection.

Elevated temperature

Elevated temperature, also known as an implantation dip, is another sign of pregnancy after embryo transfer. A rise in the mother’s basal body temperature can be indicative that she is pregnant, but it should not be assumed to be a definitive confirmation.

Pain in the abdominal region

Pain in the lower back after embryo transfer could be caused by the embryo moving and pressing on your lower back. Dizziness, pin and needles, and pain in the abdominal and lower back result from ovarian stimulation and endometrial preparation, which means that the embryo is implanted successfully.

No symptoms

If you are not experiencing any of the symptoms stated above, it doesn’t necessarily mean the failure of your embryo transfer. The presence or absence of these signs and symptoms are non-specific and do not predict pregnancy outcomes. According to studies, 10 to 15 percent of women didn’t experience any of these symptoms after the embryo transfer, but they got a positive pregnancy test.

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Dr. Pandit Palaskar is one of the best IVF doctors in India. He has vast experience of 20+ years with thousands of cases performed in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility.

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