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Program Provides Incentive for Single Embryo Transfers

a blog by Claire, October 11, 2012

Single embryo transfers are a hot topic these days.

Doctors at Los Angeles based Reproductive Partners Medical Group, Inc. have founded the Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) Encouragement Program as incentive for in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients to transfer just one embryo.

Why’s that you might ask?

Current research is moving away from a time when multiple embryos were transferred in hopes of getting a fertility patient pregnant successfully. Today, implantation rates have improved, fewer embryos are required to achieve pregnancy, and the risks of having a High Order Multiple (HOM) pregnancy outweigh the potential benefits.

Dr. Arthur L. Wisot of the eSET founding practice in Redondo Beach, California states: “[A recent] Swedish study [published in the New England Journal of Medicine] shows there is not a significant difference in success rates between single and double embryo transfers in couples with a good prognosis for success and good embryo quality”.

Published in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Fertility and Sterility in 2012, the Practice Committee is emphasizing that it is in the best interest of the mother and her fetus to transfer a single, high quality embryo out of a group of other high quality embryos.

“Pregnancies involving multiples, including twins, come with a greater risk of gestational diabetes, bleeding and preeclampsia for the mother, and cerebral palsy, birth defects, developmental delays and death for the babies. Twins usually survive, but incur higher medical expenses in the first five years of life”, says Wisot.

The eSET program provides a financial incentive for qualifying patients with good quality embryos and high chances of success. The program offers to waive the fees of embryo freezing and six month storage, should an eSET be recommended and the accepting couple does not achieve at least a 12-week pregnancy.


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