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Why do I need a full bladder for an embryo transfer?

Embryo transfer is a frequently performed procedure within assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments, including in vitro fertilisation (IVF treatment). Its primary aim is to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy by carefully introducing one or more fertilised embryos into the woman’s uterus.

One question we are often asked is if women need a full bladder for an embryo transfer. Believe it or not, having a full bladder for your embryo transfer helps push your uterus down into a more horizontal position and makes the procedure easier. Fertility First recommends that you drink one or two glasses beforehand, not so much that you’re uncomfortably full, but so that you have enough in your bladder for the procedure. When the transfer is over, you can go straight to the bathroom without fear of losing the freshly transferred embryo.