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Is Single Embryo Transfer (SET) Right for You?

a blog by Beth Hartog, M.D., Damien Fertility Partners, November 13, 2011

At Damien Fertility Partners, we encourage single embryo transfers (SET) in good prognosis patients’ in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles. We feel this is a safer and more responsible way to practice (IVF).

The health risks associated with multiple pregnancies is great, including issues for both mom and babies. The practice of SET also decreases the chance of needing interventions such as multi-fetal pregnancy reduction. The practice of SET has been shown to decrease the risks and costs associated with high risk obstetrical and neonatal intensive care, which is needed in the case of multiple births, and can result from transferring multiple embryos.

At the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in October 2011, the ASRM and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) issued a report calling for an increase in the use of elective SET.

Embryology laboratories have become more sophisticated over time, and we are able to identify the single best embryo to transfer and maintain a great chance of pregnancy. The extra embryos that otherwise would have been transferred can safely be cryopreserved through vitrificaiton and used for transfer at another time if pregnancy is not achieved.

We are glad to be providing state of the art IVF care with SET at Damien Fertility Partners.


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