Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer

Placing your embryos at the right location using expert imaging as a guide.

Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer

About Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer

Embryo transfers can be an emotional and magical experience. You have worked hard to get to this point and now you have an embryo that will be transferred into your uterus in hopes of a successful pregnancy.  At Markham Fertility Centre, our patients have the opportunity to watch the embryo being placed into their uterus on a screen. 

Ultrasound plays an important part in the embryo transfer as it enables the doctor to place the embryo at a precise point in the uterine lining.  The procedure is performed in our procedure room adjacent to the embryology lab where the embryo is being prepared for transfer.  The procedure itself only takes a few minutes and is not uncomfortable.  

An ultrasound guided embryo transfer scan image

Steps to Prepare for an Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer

  • 1 Your nursing team will call you in advance to book your embryo transfer.
  • 2 Finish drinking 1 litre of water (6-8 glass o water) one hour before your scheduled transfer.
  • 3 Arrive at the clinic 30 minutes prior to your transfer.
  • 4 On the day of the transfer, do not take any progesterone until the transfer is complete.
  • 5 Take the day off and relax!

Investigative and Pre-Treatment Ultrasounds

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Sonohysterogram

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A diagnostic exam to evaluate the shape of the uterus and determine whether the fallopian tubes are open or closed.

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Pelvic Baseline Ultrasound with Antral Follicle Count (AFC)

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A 3D ultrasound to assess the uterus and ovaries for anomalies and to check ovarian reserve.

Ultrasounds that Occur During Treatment

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Follicle Tracking Ultrasound

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A vaginal ultrasound performed during an IUI, IVF or Egg Freezing cycle to assess the number and growth of your follicles. This test helps the doctor know when your ovaries are ready.

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Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer

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An ultrasound performed at the time an embryo is transferred into the uterus to help the doctor find the perfect spot.

Pregnancy Ultrasounds

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Early Obstetric Ultrasound

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An abdominal ultrasound that is done to confirm pregnancy, usually between week 5 and 7 of pregnancy, repeated as necessary.

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Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound

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An ultrasound performed in the first trimester of pregnancy to determine your baby's risk of congenital conditions like Down syndrome.

Common Questions About an Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer

Knowing more about the ultrasound tests you are being asked to do will help prepare you for the overall experience.  Never be shy to ask a question or seek clarification.