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Posted by: Jo | 2010/05/10

Embryo transfer with ultrasound

Please can you advise if on embryo transfer the success rates of implantation are much higher if done in conjunction with an ultrasound.

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Dear Jo

It was necessarily believed that this would be the case i.e. that ultrasound guided embryo transfers would improve pregnancy rates. However it is recently shown that in the hands of experienced operators the use of an ultrasound does not necessarily improve pregnancy rates. However in the case where the operator is still somewhat inexperienced there may well be a place for ultrasound guided embryo transfers. In our practice we do baseline ultrasounds prior to embryo transfer as a routine to evaluate degree of difficulty and we also do post embryo transfer ultrasounds to confirm placement of the embryos. It is only when difficulties are anticipated that the whole process is guided by ultrasound.

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Posted by: Fertility expert | 2010/05/21

Dear Jo

It was necessarily believed that this would be the case i.e. that ultrasound guided embryo transfers would improve pregnancy rates. However it is recently shown that in the hands of experienced operators the use of an ultrasound does not necessarily improve pregnancy rates. However in the case where the operator is still somewhat inexperienced there may well be a place for ultrasound guided embryo transfers. In our practice we do baseline ultrasounds prior to embryo transfer as a routine to evaluate degree of difficulty and we also do post embryo transfer ultrasounds to confirm placement of the embryos. It is only when difficulties are anticipated that the whole process is guided by ultrasound.

Answered by: Dr M.I. Cassim

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