Elective Single Embryo Transfer

Elective Single Embryo Transfer 2018-01-26T20:11:22+00:00

Elective Single Embryo Transfer

For some families, the idea of having multiple births is a blessing. For others, it is stressful and something they wish to avoid. Couples can greatly reduce the chances of having multiples by undergoing an elective single embryo transfer with IVF. This is a departure from the standard IVF procedure in which a minimum of three embryos are transferred. This procedure provides couples with the same success rate while greatly lowering the risk of having a multiple birth.

Multiple birth is the most common risk associated with multiple embryo transfers, but it is not the only one. The mother is also exposed to potential risks, including:

  • Gestational diabetes

  • Heart problems

  • Preterm labour

  • Iron deficiency – anaemia

  • Placenta previa

  • Pre-eclampsia

The baby is also at risk for an assortment of issues, such as lung problems, cerebral palsy, and autism. Babies are also more likely to have intellectual disabilities and vision and/or hearing loss when they are conceived using IVF with a multiple embryo transfer.

Due to medical advancements, doctors have been able to greatly lower the risks with elective embryo transfer.

Not everyone is a candidate for this procedure. Age and embryo quality play a big role in who is a good candidate for the procedure. As women age, their eggs begin to deteriorate. Because of that, women need to be 35 or younger to be a candidate for this procedure. They also need to have good embryo quality. Those who don’t fall into these categories need to use multiple embryo transfer to increase their chances of becoming pregnant.

In addition, women are good candidates for this procedure if this is their first IVF cycle and they have embryos available for later use. Our facility also provides egg freezing, so we can help you meet this criterion.

While elective single embryo transfer is different from multi-embryo transfer, the procedure is basically the same. You will begin by taking hormones that will cause your body to produce more eggs. Your doctor will wait for the eggs to mature. Then, he or she will collect them and fertilize them with sperm. Then, the doctor will select an embryo and transfer it to your uterus. He or she will examine all of the embryos to find the highest quality one in order to increase the chances of a successful procedure.

Many women are concerned about single embryo transfer. They assume that since they’re only getting one embryo, their chances of success will be lower, but that is far from the case. Our doctors have found that this procedure actually increases the rate of live birth to 79 percent.

Deciding which procedure is right for you can be overwhelming. Fortunately, it’s not a decision you have to make on your own. Contact us for a free consultation, and we will help you navigate this process. With our help, you will choose the procedure that is best for your situation.