What to do during the TWW

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You may be wondering what you can and cannot do in the two week wait after your frozen embryo transfer. Here is what we recommend:

Bed Rest

Different doctors have different options on the level of activity they recommend post transfer. Studies have shown that bed rest has no correlation with IVF success, so if your doctor gives you the green light, you may continue your daily activity as long as it is not extreme. Follow the recommendation of your transfer physician, if your doctor prescribes bed rest, then follow their direction.


Similarly, engaging in sexual intercourse post transfer is also a controversial topic. A 2000 Australian study found that sexual intercourse was not harmful to IVF outcomes. In fact, they found that couples who had sex around the time of embryo transfer had higher viability rates at 6 and 8 weeks post transfer. The thinking is that semen seemed to play a role in implantation and embryo development. However if your doctor prescribes abstaining from sexual intercourse, follow their direction.

Pregnancy Testing

Do not test early. The hCG trigger shot may cause a false positive.

Positive Thinking

This is a great time to incorporate mindfulness practice into your daily routine. Use the app Insight Timer to find a meditation that suits you. Keep yourself busy with soothing activities like drawing, painting, watching comedy shows, etc. Find a simple mantra and repeat it throughout the day like, “Healthy Happy Life” or “I Trust in My Body.”

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