Reasons to Opt For a Transvaginal Ultrasound for Embryo Transfer

Undergoing in vitro fertilisation is a process that comprises numerous steps, with an essential one being the transfer of your viable embryo into the uterus. During this step, your gynaecologist is tasked with meticulously placing the embryo into the uterine cavity for implantation. The procedure is extremely delicate and requires precision skills to ensure that there is a minimal risk of damage to the embryo itself as well as to the tissue surrounding it. Traditionally, a transabdominal ultrasound facilitated the embryo transfer. However, in recent years, more and more gynaecologists and patients are electing to have a transvaginal ultrasound instead. Here are some of the reasons why you should opt to have your embryo transfer guided by a transvaginal ultrasound.

A transvaginal ultrasound is suited to challenging transfers

No two embryo transfers are the same. So while some may be straightforward and routine, others can be exceptionally challenging. Some of the reasons why an embryo transfer can become difficult are the unique traits of the cervix or the uterus that can limit access to the implantation site. A transvaginal ultrasound gives the gynaecologist a chance to have a clearer idea of how best to navigate the structure of your reproductive system, which makes it easier for them to transfer the embryo successfully. Therefore, if you have been having a difficult time with your IVF treatment, you may want to consider a transvaginal ultrasound for your next embryo transfer.

A transvaginal ultrasound allows visual access to your uterus

For an increased chance of a successful embryo transfer, your gynaecologist would have to get the measurement between the top of your uterus and the implantation site precisely right. The more accurate this distance is, the better the chances of a successful implantation. Therefore, it will be ideal if your gynaecologist can have visual access to your uterus, as this will reduce the risk of their measurements being wrong. Moreover, through a transvaginal ultrasound, the gynaecologist is more likely to avoid contact with your uterine walls, which limits the risk of any trauma that can compromise the implantation. 

A transvaginal ultrasound has a high success rate

Although transabdominal ultrasounds are commonplace, they tend to be an uncomfortable option. Patients can only have this procedure carried out with a full bladder, and this could lead to abdominal cramps. Moreover, transabdominal ultrasounds are not a precise as their transvaginal counterparts are. With a transvaginal ultrasound, there is increased precision and decreased trauma, which translates into a higher success rate for your embryo transfer!