In Vitro Fertilization Twins: Acceptable When Desired or Iatrogenic Complication Preventable Through Elective Single Embryo Transfer?
By Reproductive Partners
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In a recent article in the journal Fertility & Sterility, Dr. Meldrum weighed in on the debate over whether or not twins are an “acceptable” risk for couples undergoing IVF. Our doctors strongly believe that the risks associated with multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets, etc.) are too high. Because of this, we transfer a single embryo (a process known as elective single embryo transfer, or eSET) with most of our patients.
Part of why we advocate for eSET is because today, we’re able to achieve similar success rates to multiple embryo transfer. We would even argue that our success rates are higher because with eSET, it’s even more likely that our patients will have one healthy, full-term baby. In his article, linked below, Dr. Meldrum explains the risks associated with multiple pregnancies and argues that we need to provide education about these risks and continue to work to improve success rates with eSET so it becomes the first choice for more couples.