The Virtues of Single Embryo Transfer

I don’t know if you noticed but we have recently completely redesigned the Reproductive Partners website. In conjunction with the redesign we developed and refined an optimized testing and treatment protocol which increases your chances of safely delivering a healthy single baby. a new program called, “Single Transfer, Healthier Baby, Safer Pregnancy. We must be on to something because a new study reported on Medscape validates the outcome to this approach.

For women undergoing in vitro fertilization, single-embryo transfers are more likely than multiple-embryo transfers to end in a healthy birth, irrespective of whether fresh or frozen eggs are used, new research from the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora shows. The study identified all donor egg cycles from 2012 to 2014 entered in the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies Clinical Outcomes Reporting System (SART-CORS).

The primary outcome was a good obstetrical outcome, defined as a singleton live birth at 37 weeks of gestation with a birth weight of 2500 to 4000 g. According to the authors of the study, “To control for factors related to egg quality, we looked only at cycles that used eggs from donors.” “Donor eggs are known to provide the best chance of success for women undergoing IVF.” Electively transferring just one embryo doubled the odds of a good obstetrical outcome. The author added, “The biggest take-home point is that physicians and patients alike have to refocus on what really matters, which is a healthy baby, above and beyond just a pregnancy. It appears transferring just one embryo, with either approach, is best. When you end up transferring more, you have a much higher chance for prematurity and low birth-weight babies.”

Reproductive Partners’ Single Transfer, Healthier Baby, Safer Pregnancy protocol combines prepregnancy genetic testing, preimplantantation genetic screening, freezing all embryos and single embryo transfer to identify a single one of your embryos that not only has best chance to achieve a pregnancy, but is also less likely to miscarry, or have a gene or chromosome defect. This allows us to transfer the single best embryo, greatly reducing the health-related complications that can accompany multiple pregnancies. Transferring a single embryo is the safest option for both you and your baby. And this new study confirms that.

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