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Study: Two IVF Embryos May Offer No Better Odds Than One

by Tiffany Sharples,  TIME Magazine,  Mar 30, 2009
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New research suggests that the most effective and inexpensive IVF method may also be the least likely to result in dangerous multiple births.

A study by Finnish researchers published in the current issue of the journal Human Reproduction finds that transferring a single fresh embryo at a time, followed by subsequent transfers of individual thawed embryos, may be as effective in achieving pregnancy as implanting multiple embryos at once. Using one embryo at a time also cuts medical costs, the study found, saving about $27,000 per live-birth pregnancy.

But even as doctors increasingly consider elective single-embryo transfer the best practice for many IVF candidates, and as more and more fertility clinics report comparable success rates between single- and multiple-embryo transfers, there is still no rule for all women.

You can read more about the study in this article:
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1888299,00.html

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