Mock Embryo Transfer
Definition - What does Mock Embryo Transfer mean?
A mock embryo transfer is a is a trial run of an embryo transfer, where a doctor uses an empty catheter to gain access to the uterus via the cervix to assess the depth of the uterine cavity, its orientation, and the best passage through the endocervical canal to get to the uterus. It is a common procedure done to maximize the pregnancy rate in an IVF cycle.
FertilitySmarts explains Mock Embryo Transfer
The technique is performed to gain important information for the real embryo transfer, allowing the doctor or clinician to place the embryo in the best possible location for a pregnancy. The technique also gives the doctor an opportunity to practice before the actual procedure and to select the most suitable transfer catheter. It can also lessen the chance that obstacles like scar tissue and fibroids will hinder the real transfer.
It has been demonstrated that a mock embryo transfer is typically considered to be consistent with real embryo transfers.
It is a very low-risk procedure, and it can be done at most fertility clinics. A mock transfer is usually done before an actual transfer, but it can be done on the same day as the real transfer.