Advice after transfer of embryo(s) in the case of IVF

Hormonal support and medicine

After a transfer of embryo(s), whether fresh or frozen, you must continue with the hormonal support indicated by your doctor until 10 weeks into the pregnancy. The same applies to takingfolic acid.

If necessary, you can take paracetamol (maximum 4 x 1 g/day). In contrast, anti-inflammatories (e.g. ibuprofen) are contra-indicated.


It is important to avoid baths, swimming pools, spas and saunas for two weeks after embryo transfer. On the other hand, you can shower.


You can return to work after embryo transfer. There is no particular indication for rest.

Physical exercise, hydration and diet

Intensive exercise should be avoided but active movement (walking) is advisable.

It is also important to keep well hydrated (about two litres of water per day).

With regard to diet, the same recommendations as for a pregnant woman remain valid, i.e. wash fruit and vegetables well, cook meat thoroughly (avoid raw meat and raw fish), and avoid direct contact with cats or cat litter.


There is no contra-indication to travelling after insemination. On the other hand, during long journeys by car or aeroplane, we suggest that you take regular walks about once an hour and drink enough fluids.

If you do become pregnant, various complications such as miscarriage or extra-uterine pregnancy are possible. Consequently, we advise you to travel to countries where the hospital infrastructure allows the management of complications in the first trimester of pregnancy.

It is inadvisable to travel to countries where there is a risk of infection with Zika virus. You will find a list of these countries here.

Sexual activity

It is preferable to avoid sex for two days after embryo transfer.

Psychological support

We are aware that these infertility treatments can be particularly stressful. May we remind you that our psychological counselling team is available on 021/ 314 32 76.


Fertility Medicine and Gynaecological Endocrinology
CHUV Maternity Unit
Av. Pierre-Decker 2
1011 Lausanne
Fax +41 21 314 32 74
 Last updated on 17/08/2018 at 10:46