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The notion that bed rest following embryo transfer (ET) should be the norm, presumably was based on conservative medical dogma that rest facilitates the recovery process, notably recovery from the then more invasive open surgical techniques of oocyte retrieval, the speedy recovery from which should ipso facto, facilitate implantation in the early days of in vitro fertilization (IVF). As techniques of oocyte retrieval and methods of anaesthesia and analgesia became less invasive women and others began to question the need for such a hardline position on restriction of almost all activity after ET for at least a day. The authors have shown that resting for 24 hours following ET is not associated with a better outcome than a bed rest of 20 minutes. The early return of the patient to her daily activities allows an immediate return to work with no loss in productivity.