Single Embryo Transfer

Our Newport Beach fertility center recommends elective single embryo transfer

When IVF began decades ago, doctors often believed that using multiple embryos would increase the likelihood of success. However, modern research has indicated that elective single embryo transfer, or eSET, results in higher pregnancy rates and a lower risk of multiples. Our Newport Beach fertility center experts want to help our patients understand the advantages of choosing eSET

The facts about elective single embryo transfer

Previously, patients and doctors followed a “more is better” approach when transferring IVF embryos. The practice of transferring multiple embryos was largely followed because there was a limited ability to assess embryo health at that time.

Advances in IVF now allow our fertility doctors to evaluate the embryos before transfer to select the one with the highest quality. Our embryologists assess the embryos based on various characteristics, such as the number and size of the cells, the rate of development and other factors. We can also use preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) to look for chromosomal or genetic abnormalities. With eSET, patients have the option of utilizing an embryo from a fresh IVF cycle or a frozen embryo from a prior cycle.
Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) - Blastocyst Biopsy - Single Embryo Transfer Outcomes

Why our Newport Beach fertility center recommends single embryo transfers

At our Newport Beach fertility center, we have obtained a clinical pregnancy rate of 88% with an ongoing pregnancy rate of 71% when one genetically normal embryo is transferred. This applies to women of all ages. Additionally, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends single embryo transfers for all women under age 38.

One of the reasons we encourage patients to transfer just one embryo is the risk of a multiple pregnancy. When transferring multiple embryos, the risk of two or more embryos implanting and developing into a pregnancy increases dramatically. Our doctors want to avoid the following potential complications of a multiple pregnancy.

  • Elevated risk of miscarriage and infant mortality
  • Greater likelihood of prolonged bedrest and/or premature birth
  • Higher risk of bleeding, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and postpartum depression
  • Increased rate of delivery complications and C-section birth
  • Longer hospitalizations for both the mother and the babies

We want to ensure that hopeful parents achieve their goal of starting and growing their family. With medical advances like elective single embryo transfer, our Newport Beach fertility center has improved success rates. We have also made IVF much more cost effective for patients. Contact our office for a consultation or to learn more about eSET.