Traditionally, in vitro fertilization transferred multiple embryos in an attempt to improve success rates. The theory was that the more embryos transferred, the more likely that one embryo would implant, resulting in pregnancy. Research and improvements in fertility medicine have shown this is not the case.
The Case for Single Embryo Transfers
Research has shown that transferring multiple embryos does not improve success rates. However, when multiple embryos were used, the likelihood of a multiple pregnancy dramatically increased. Some families may like hearing this, especially after trying for a family for some time. What many do not realize is that multiple pregnancies significantly increases the number of health risks for both mother and child during and after pregnancy.
In order to provide the best chance at a healthy baby, more and more fertility experts are recommending single embryo transfer, especially for younger women who naturally have better success rates during fertility treatment. Advancements in embryo monitoring allows fertility staff to select healthy embryos that are best suited for implantation.
Multiple pregnancies have several risks including:
- Increased chance of miscarriage
- Increased chance of complications in the pregnancy
- Greater likelihood of developing gestational diabetes
- Greater likelihood of going on bed rest
- Being more likely to deliver prematurely
Selecting a Transfer Option
Determining how many embryos you will transfer is something that should be determined before starting the IVF cycle. This way, you’re able to make the decision with a clear mind. Younger women should receive information from their fertility care team about the advantages of transferring a single embryo. These conversations should all be based on your unique health situation. For medical reasons, some women may only be able to do a single transfer. Other women may be provided different options based on their specific situation.
For personalized information on single embryo transfers and how they can be used during your treatment, contact New Hope Fertility Center. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.