... until the high-quality scientific study from Valencia (Spain) was published. Now the situation is different: standing up after embryo transfer produces more pregnancies than staying in bed.
As for the reasons for this, two different hypotheses are being put forward:
- in a standing or sitting woman, the uterus is horizontal, which could promote a stable position of the droplet with the embryo(s);
- the immediate resumption of daily life promotes relaxation and optimism, while bed rest (which is often tense) favours the wrong biological concept that success rate will depend on physical inactivity. This subconscious attitude provokes latent tension.
We implemented those findings immediately and successfully in 2014. After embryo transfer, the patient will sit up, have a chat with myself and leave the clinic without rush. I encourage the couples to have a meditative walk before resuming their daily life activities.