How many embryos to transfer in IVF?

When we first started doing IVF in the 1980’s the state of the science, like culture techniques and only being able to sustain embryos in the lab until Day 2 or 3, required us to transfer multiple embryos to have any decent chance of success. One of the big problems we faced was the risk of high order multiple pregnancies. …

Making IVF More Successful. What works?

A recent article in Newsweek looks at “add-ons” to the basic IVF cycle and comes to the conclusion that there is no evidence that many of them help except the endometrial “scratch”: biopsy in the cycle before the transfer.

These add-ons include blastocyst culture, where the embryo is allowed to grow in the lab for five days instead of the …

RPMG Now Offering Early Embryo Viability Assessment Test (EEVA)

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Early Embryo Viability Assessment Test (Eeva) to our patients undergoing an IVF cycle. RPMG was part of the study that led to FDA approval of the procedure.

Eeva is an FDA approved test using time-lapsed video to analyze early embryo development and aid in the selection of the best embryo for …

ASRM Abstract: Another benefit for frozen over fresh embryo transfer

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, former partner and Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


In a fresh …

Day 5 embryo biopsy for PGD or PGS less harmful to embryo than Day 3

A study presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Conference in Orlando last week, aimed to compare the safety and efficacy of embryo biopsies conducted for the purposes of screening for genetic disease at day 3 (cleavage stage) versus day 5 (blastocyst stage) of embryonic development. The impact that biopsy has on an embryo's ability to implant and develop …

In embryo culture is more or less oxygen better?

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


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RPMG studying financial incentives for eSET

The LA Times article mentioned in the previous post shows the non-signficant difference in success rates between single- and double embryo transfers in a study from Sweden. Most impressive is the reduction in potentially complicated multiple pregnancies by transferring one embryo which should be an incentive for appropriate couples to select this option.

But in most of the U. S.,