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True or False? Embryo Transfers
True or False? Transferring two (or more) embryos will give you a greater chance at getting pregnant.
False. Despite the common belief that transferring more than one embryo will guarantee “more bang for your buck”, the only thing a multiple embryo transfer will guarantee is an increased chance of multiples and associated health risks. Embryo implantation is based more on the quality than the quantity of embryos you transfer. You will have much greater likelihood of getting pregnant with a single, high-quality embryo. So, how can you get that high quality embryo?
If you’re over the age of 35, preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) is a step in the right direction. Embryologists can only estimate the quality of an embryo using the naked eye, and women over the age of 35 tend to see a decline in their egg quality. A procedure like PGS involves biopsy of the embryo to test for aneuploidy (an abnormal number of chromosomes). Aneuploidy is responsible for about 60% of miscarriages. Women under the age of 35 tend to have better quality eggs (unless they are diagnosed with ovarian reserve issues or have a history of recurrent miscarriage), but could certainly benefit from PGS as well.
Did you know our Patient Care Coordinators can help you find a fertility doctor in your area who specializes in genetic testing? Contact them by calling 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or by filling out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me form.
Read more about embryo quality and embryo transfers on FertilityAuthority.com:
Understanding Embryo Grading
IVF and the Twin Trend: Educating Patients about the Risks
Advances in Reproductive Medicine Move Us Closer to Guaranteed Success with IVF