A blastocyst transfer is the actual transfer of the fertilized egg into a woman’s womb. The blastocyst is the embryo that has had time to develop for five to six days since it was fertilized. The blastocyst transfer implies embryos being cultured in a laboratory incubator until they are in the blastocyst stage and can be introduced in the womb. Usually, one or two blastocysts of very good quality are chosen and transferred into a woman’s womb. When one of these fertilized eggs attaches itself to the wall of the womb, the woman becomes pregnant and can remain so until due for birth.
If you are thinking of trying blastocyst transfer you should probably know that it is usually recommended by doctors to improve the chances of getting pregnant after in vitro fertilization. This is especially successful with younger women who have better chances of getting pregnant through in vitro fertilization. However, doctors may recommend blastocyst transfer when the female body had produced good and healthy embryos in previous in vitro fertilization cycles but they didn’t manage to attach to the womb. Yet if your egg count offers less than the normal rate of healthy embryos this method is not recommended for you.
The blastocyst transfer isn’t that much different than regular in vitro fertilization, the exception being that, unlike with IVF procedures, the embryo isn’t inserted in the womb after only two or three days, but five, even six days after, being allowed to develop more in the laboratory to offer the woman greater chances to get pregnant. This is indeed a very complicated procedure, so the only ones who can tell you if this is a right option for you are your personal doctors, your OB-GYN or specialized doctors from fertility clinics. You will have to test your eggs for quality and then adopt a solution.
For example, some embryos don’t develop fully to blastocysts, stopping on the second day, which is a four-cell stage. If that is the situation with your embryos, then a blastocyst won’t be possible for you and the doctors will probably recommend a two-day old or three-day old embryo transfer. Remember that in some instances in vitro fertilization and blastocyst transfer can result in multiple births, so perhaps you may want to opt for a single embryo or blastocyst transfer at a time. It is also important to be aware that in time a female’s fertilization weans, so this means the younger you are, the more fertile your own eggs will probably be. If you are over 40 or 50, you may need to purchase separate eggs.