No Bending After Embryo Transfer

No bending after embryo transfer
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Have you recently undergone embryo transfer? Then, you must be anxious about what you can and cannot do not to affect embryo implantation.

There are many activities you will be afraid of doing after an embryo transfer. The most common among them is bending.

“Can I bend after an embryo transfer? Will my embryo fall out if I bend after embryo transfer?” These are some questions that will be going on in your mind during the 2-week wait after embryo transfer.

So, to clear things up for you, we have discussed everything about bending and other physical activities after embryo transfer. Read till the end to learn more about bending after an embryo transfer.

No Bending After Embryo Transfer

Unlike popular belief, bending does not affect your chances of pregnancy after an embryo transfer. However, it is best to avoid bending too much for a few days after embryo transfer.

The main reason why people are scared of bending after embryo transfer is the belief that the transferred embryo will “fall out” of the uterus if we move too much after the procedure.

But you don’t need to worry. Your embryo won’t fall out of the uterus after an embryo transfer. During the procedure, your fertility doctor will inject the embryo deep into the uterus.

The embryo will move to the uterus and start implantation soon after. So, bending after an embryo transfer will not affect your IVF success rate that much. You just need to take some rest after embryo transfer and avoid vigorous activities for a few days.

Activities To Avoid And Alternatives

Bending occasionally after an embryo transfer will not affect your IVF success rate that much. However, there are some activities that you might have to avoid to ensure your embryo has implanted safely into the uterus.

Below are certain activities that can affect your embryo implantation rate and affect IVF results.

Avoid vigorous physical activities

Your embryo will also need time to implant firmly into the uterus. Doing vigorous physical activities during this period can disturb the embryo and affect implantation. Avoid vigorous physical activities like running, lifting heavy weights, straining your body, etc.

Alternatives: Do some gentle yoga, small walks, and some low-impact exercises. Consult your doctor before starting any exercises. 

Avoid sexual intercourse

Your body and uterus will be weak after embryo transfer. Having sex can cause uterine contractions that can affect embryo implantation.

Alternatives: Do relaxing activities like meditation or light massage. Consult your doctor on when it is okay to have sexual intercourse.

Avoid hot baths

Avoid taking hot baths like hot saunas or immersing too long in tubs or pools. This can lead to urinary tract infections (UTIs) and affect implantation.

Alternatives: Take warm, relaxing showers instead of submerging baths.

Practical Tips For Avoiding Bending

There is no evidence proving that bending will harm your success rate. However, here are some tips you can follow to avoid bending after embryo transfer.

  • Instead of bending your body, squat down by bending your knee to pick things from the ground.
  • Use grabbing tools to grab things that require bending.
  • You can also ask your partner or other family members to grab things for you. 
  • Keep things you frequently use near you so that they are easily accessible.
  • You can also transfer frequently used essentials to mid or high surfaces, so you don’t need to bend every time you need them.

Insights From Fertility Experts On No Bending Rule

Fertility experts usually have no qualms regarding bending after embryo transfer as long as you do not move too much or strain your body while bending.

They mostly recommend patients follow the practical tips we discussed above and make things as easy for them as possible. You can consult them if you have any doubts and take the necessary precautions they suggest.

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IVF is a complex procedure, and it is normal for you to have several doubts and concerns regarding what you can and cannot do to ensure a higher success rate.

In this case, choosing a best ivf specialist can help you get all the guidance and support you might need during and after the procedure. Dr. Rukkayal is a renowned fertility specialist who is known for having a high success rate in her IVF treatments. Consult her for your IVF procedure and enjoy parenthood.


You don’t need to stay in complete bed rest and avoid all physical activity after embryo transfer. However, it is best to be safe and avoid certain activities that can strain your body.

Know that your body is your best indicator. So, stop your activities and rest for a while if you feel tired or any discomfort. Stay positive and hope for the best.


No, bending does not affect embryo implantation after embryo transfer. As long as you don’t strain or put too much pressure on your body, it won’t affect your implantation rate. 

You don’t need to stay in bed rest for a long time after embryo transfer. The embryo will be inserted into the uterus and won’t fall off if you don’t stay in bed.

You just need to rest for a while immediately after the embryo transfer procedure. You can resume your daily activities a few days after embryo transfer.

Your body will feel tired and exhausted after a failed IVF cycle. Recover for a few months, take adequate rest, understand the cause of failure, and try again for pregnancy.

An IVF failure can be heartbreaking. However, it is not good to start the next cycle soon after the previous one. It is best to recover for some months before trying for the next IVF cycle. 

Dr. Rukkayal Fathima
Dr. Rukkayal Fathima

Dr Rukkayal Fathima, India's Leading Gynaecologist and the best fertility doctor in Chennai. She has 11+ years of experience and treated 1000+ patients. She finished her M. S., Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Madras Medical College), Chennai. She is a visiting consultant at St. Isabelle Hospital, Motherhood Hospital, Rainbow Hospital & Mehta Hospital. Dr Rukkayal Fathima specialises in Obstetrics care, Early Pregnancy Scan, IVF, ICSI, TESA/Micro TESE, Menopause advice, Gynaecological surgeries and endoscopy. She is a Co-Founder of Hive Fertility, the Best Fertility Center in Chennai.

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