When a couple needs infertility care to start their family, there can be a desire to get pregnant with twins to speed up the process. Other parents are worried about how they would adapt to having multiple babies should they get pregnant with twins or high order multiples. At New Hope Fertility Center, we encourage our patients to work toward a singleton pregnancy. While multiple pregnancies are more likely to occur with fertility treatments, they can result in health risks to both the mother and child.
Single Embryo Transfer
New Hope Fertility is a champion of single embryo transfer or SET. With SET, one embryo is transferred to the mother during a cycle. If there is a surplus of embryos, the remaining embryos banked for future use. SET is relatively new in the United States, but has been used in other countries for years with positive results. In fact, the rate of single embryo transfers used in in vitro fertilization (IVF) is on the rise:
- 2003 – 0.7 percent of people requested SET
- 2008 – 5.8 percent of people requested SET
- 2009 – 7.2 percent of people requested SET
We use SET in connection with our two IVF protocols that work with your body’s natural fertility:
- Mini IVF – Uses minimal fertility drugs to stimulate your ovaries to produce between three and five high quality eggs.
- Natural Cycle IVF – Uses no fertility medication, rather this protocol harvests the single egg your body produces naturally during a cycle.
Ultimately, it is our goal to meet the unique needs of each of our patients. Should a patient request that we transfer multiple embryos we will work with them to address their specific needs.
Want to know more about single embryo transfer or the potential health risks that can occur if you get pregnant with twins or high order multiples? Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.