3 day transfer vs. 5 day transfer debate

Day 3 transfer or day 5 transfer, which is best? That is a very common question. I am not a doctor, but have done a lot of research on the topic. My clinic uses both types of transfers, but I always ended up doing a three day transfer. Each time I was told what I would be doing, I felt discouraged. I never really knew why I was feeling that way. Other than the fact that so many people claim that day 5 transfers are somehow superior to day 3 transfers.

8 Cell EmbryoDay 5 transfers tend to be more successful. That does not mean that babies are not born via day 3 transfers. There are many babies born every year by three day transfers. It is important to understand why day 5 transfers are most likely more successful. When fertilized eggs are allowed to grow and develop until day 5 some of them will not survive. This means that only the best are left for transfer. If the same embryos were transferred on day 3, they would most likely produce the same outcome as if they were transferred on day 5. The problem in the stats is that they are not comparing the same set of embryos. Some day three transfers include embryos that may have never made it to day 5 in the first place.

What I am trying to get across is that it is more about the quality of the embryos transferred, not the day which they are transferred. Some doctors also believe that the embryo has a better chance of survival in the body than it does in a lab. Try not to be discouraged or worried about what type of transfer you have done. Trust your doctor; they know what is best for your particular situation. If you would like to learn how to increase your chances of IVF success please visit the Full Embrace IVF Success Program. Whether you are having a day 3 transfer or a day 5 transfer be assured that you can have a little one nine months from now!

Source: Full Forum @ IVF Success Stories


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