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Patient information after embryo transfer in a fresh cycle

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Number of embryos transferred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Date of egg collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Date of pregnancy test (16 days after egg collection) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Do's and dont's

Do continue with your Utrogestan pessaries. These should have been started on the evening of your egg collection and are continued until the pregnancy test is taken and beyond if your pregnancy test is positive. The dose of Utrogestan is 200mg three times a day.

Do not discontinue any medication prescribed by the unit without discussing it with us. This is even if you experience bleeding before the date of your pregnancy test.

Do perform a urine pregnancy test on the first morning sample of urine on the date advised even if you experience bleeding before or on the date of your pregnancy test.

Do contact the unit if you experience any of the following:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Bleeding when passing urine
  • Raised temperature or feeling unwell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in your tummy not relieved by Paracetamol or Codeine
  • Excessive swelling of your tummy with a feeling of being bloated
  • Concentrated urine and you are not needing to pass urine very often
  • Diarrhoea

What happens next?

If your pregnancy test is positive, we will arrange an early pregnancy ultrasound scan to be performed at Cambridge IVF, at around 7 weeks of pregnancy (approximately 5 weeks after the egg collection). A letter will be sent to you with your scan appointment. If you have a positive pregnancy test and lower abdominal pain or bleeding please contact us immediately (see below for contact details). In such circumstances you may need to be seen urgently on the Early Pregnancy Unit (Clinic 24) at the Rosie Hospital so they can assess you for any complications.

If, sadly, your pregnancy test result is negative, it is still important to inform us so we can arrange a review appointment for you to discuss your treatment cycle and any plans for further treatment. This appointment will be with either a nurse or doctor. We are also required to report the result to our regulator, HFEA.

Please remember that the services of our specialist fertility counsellor are available as per your treatment package. Her contact details are as follows:

If you have any concerns or worries at any point, please do not hesitate to call the staff at the Unit on 01223 349010 Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:00 and Saturday 08:00 - 12:00.

In the case of an emergency please nurse call 01223 245151 and ask to speak to the fertility on-call.

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 18:00 - 01:00

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 18:00 - 20:00

Ipswich patients please contact Ipswich hospital on 01473 71223

We are smoke-free

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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Contact us

Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151