The Risks and Benefits of Single and Multiple Embryo Transfer

July 22, 2018

When one opts for IVF, several eggs are obtained in order to boost the success rates. Therefore, in many cases, the specialists will obtain more than one healthy embryo. Since there are multiple embryos available, your specialist will also make sure to choose the best among them. The dilemma arises when it comes to choosing the number of embryos to transfer.

The number of embryos you choose to transfer is a complex and extremely crucial decision. This is because if you keep increasing the number of embryos, you are going to lose out on the success rates. And, that’s not all, it can hamper you and your little one too.

Studies show that the implantation rate is proportional to the transferred embryos that get implanted in the uterine lining. And, they continue to develop in a healthy manner.

What are the risks of multiple embryo transfers?

More embryo transfer can lead to multiple pregnancies. And, yes, the idea of twins or triplets seem cute and even endearing. However, multiple births are dangerous for both the mother and the baby. It can cause premature delivery, cerebral palsy in babies, long-term lung and gastrointestinal problems and even death in babies. For mothers, the risks include; preterm birth, placental problems, preeclampsia, and diabetes. It can also lead to severe nausea and vomiting, and cesarean delivery.

The advantage of choosing multiple embryo transfers is that the success rate of conception increase.

Does this mean single embryo transfer is beneficial?

The right answer is that it all comes down to the patient. You must talk to your specialist about the pros and cons of both multiple and single embryo transfer. They will be able to guide you better, according to your medical and health conditions.


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