Implantation Symptoms after IVF

Submitted by Nick on December 21, 2010

There are several couples who choose to undergo the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) method, when they choose to have a baby. However, just like getting pregnant in the regular way, there is not hard and fast rule that all cases of IVF will be successful, by leading to pregnancy. Therefore, most women eagerly wait to notice any implantation symptoms after IVF, to know whether the process has been successful or not. However, it is important for women to realize that the implantation symptoms after IVF transfer are not different from the regular implantation symptoms in any way.


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Moreover, there may be instances where implantation symptoms after IVF (or even after the regular fertilization process) are present, but are not noticed by the woman. Therefore, it is best for all women to know about the various implantation signs after IVF, so that they can identify if the IVF procedure has been successful or not.

Common implantation symptoms after IVF

There are several signs and symptoms that can be seen after a normal implantation process, which also apply to IVF implantation.

Given below are some of the most common implantation symptoms after IVF:

Implantation bleeding after IVF

It is very common to see vaginal bleeding or spotting soon after implantation takes place. This usually occurs about a week after the embryo moves into the uterus. When the embryo burrows into the lining of the uterus, some of the tissue may be shed, which leads to the bleeding. However, the color of the blood in this case is generally pink or brown. The amount of blood is usually so small, that many women do not even notice it.

Implantation cramping after IVF

Cramps and abdominal pain are other common symptoms of implantation. Most women tend to mistake implantation cramping after IVF for menstrual symptoms. The pain could range from mild to moderate and the cramps could last for around 2 to 3 days.

Most women tend to use a home pregnancy test  kit to confirm the pregnancy as soon as any of the implantation symptoms after IVF become evident. If the results are positive, it usually means that the procedure was a success and that the woman is pregnant; in such instances it is best to start prenatal care as early as possible. However, in case the results are negative, but the implantation symptoms after IVF are still present, it may be best to consult a doctor and undergo a proper test.

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