In the IVF process, the transfer of fertilized eggs is an important part. The embryo transfer is usually performed when the embryo is five to six days old. This five to six days old embryo is called a blastocyst. A blastocyst is a rapidly growing ball of hundreds of cells. The inner cells become an embryo, whereas outer cells will protect it. If an embryo is transferred at the blastocyst stage, the chances of implantation are very high.

If you are undergoing an IVF procedure for the first time, there will be several things that you need to understand about the blastocyst and embryo transfer process.

What is Blastocyst?

The embryo that is five or six days old is called a blastocyst and it has two types of cells. The surface cells that surround the outer shell are called trophectoderm and they develop into the placenta. The inner group of cells form a fetus. The blastocyst also contains a fluid-filled cavity at the middle known as blastocoel.

How is Blastocyst Developed and Transferred?

The blastocyst is formed on the 5th day of embryo formation when the fluid gets built up in the compacted morula. Five to seven days after the fertilization of the embryo, a healthy blastocyst will form from the outer shell. Once the blastocyst is inserted into the uterine lining, within 24 hours of hatching, implantation of the embryo takes place. A hormone called HCG hormone will be released into the woman’s blood. HCG is a hormone that indicates pregnancy.

When Do I Need Embryo Transfer?

An embryo transfer is required when there are no chances for natural fertilization. There are other reasons for embryo transfer such as:

  • If there are only a few eggs available for fertilization and it is called ovulation disorder
  • Damaged or blocked fallopian tube. Embryos move to the uterus through the fallopian tube and when this fallopian tube is blocked or damaged, the fertilized egg cannot reach the womb and hence pregnancy cannot take place.
  • Endometriosis that affects the reproduction functions of females
  • When the ovaries are not able to release eggs naturally
  • The formation of fibroids on the uterus wall makes it difficult for the eggs to plant into the uterus
  • Genetic disorders can also stop you from becoming pregnant
  • Poor movement of sperms, damage to testes, and semen anomalies can also lead to infertility

What Happens After Embryo Transfer?

After two weeks of embryo transfer, you need to schedule your follow-up appointment with your doctor to know if the blastocyst culture is successful or not. This helps to ensure that the embryo transfer is successful.

What are the Benefits of Blastocyst Transfer in IVF?

The advantages of blastocyst transfer in IVF include the following:

  • Blastocyst embryo transfer offers a higher success rate than the embryo transfer on the third day
  • Embryo transfer at blastocyst stage offers a selection of the best and most effective embryo that offers a high implantation rate
  • Genetic testing on blastocyst shows accurate results
  • Reduces the chances of multiple pregnancies
  • There will be minimal to no risks or complications than other methods

Does Woman with Failed IVF Undergo Blastocyst?

The answer is a big yes. By using blastocyst culture, your gynaecologist can determine if your embryo can develop after 3 days.

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