Hi Dr,

I had a 3 day transfer last week(2 embryos, 7 cell and 8 cell). Today is 6 days post transfer. I felt mild cramping 2 days after transfer and after that nothing. Does it mean this cycle failed.
My first IVF was positive but it was tubal and I had cramping and tight feeling in my abdomen for the entire 2 week wait. But this time I feel nothing. Is this cycle gone?


Hello May from the U.S. (California),

The symptoms that you are having are not indicative of anything.  It would be way too early to feel an ectopic (it needs to grow to a certain size before symptoms are produced and you are not far enough along).  

At this point, I think you are reading into the symptoms too much.  Implantation does not occur for 7 days post transfer.  Many patients describe a "cramping" sensation before a positive pregnancy test that we call "implantation cramping or implantation pain".  So, that may be what it is but there is no way to know for sure.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program

Monterey, California, U.S.A.

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Edward Joseph Ramirez, MD, FACOG


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I have been practicing as an Ob/Gyn and Infertility Specialist for over 23 years. Gynecology, advanced laparoscopic surgery, basic infertility, IUI's, IVF, reproductive surgery, and ovulation induction are all areas of my expertise. I am Board Certified. I have been doing In Vitro Fertilization in my clinic for 19 years.

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