Modern IVF: Taking Multiples Out of The Equation

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ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Updated
Jan 2017
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We love twins. We love em. But they’re not the inevitability that IVF patients think they are. And that’s probably a good thing.

The RMANJ Infertility in America 2015 Report found that 94 percent of those trying to get pregnant think that transferring multiple embryos will boost their chances of having a child. That’s not the case anymore. But it certainly will boost your chances of having multiples.

Fertility treatments only account for one percent of America’s births, but they contribute to 20 percent of multiple births, because so many couples are still transferring more than one embryo. Thirty percent of IVF pregnancies result in twins. And as parents of multiples will attest, they’re not easy.

Researchers found the health complications and financial impact of double embryo transfers that result in multiples were much higher than those of single embryo transfers. Each year, about $1 billion is spent covering the complications of pregnancies of multiples.

So what’s the solution? Combining comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) — or picking the most viable embryo — and single embryo transfer (SET) is a newer technique that boasts the same delivery rates of double embryo transfer. But it means fewer multiple delivers, and more savings for mom and dad.

 

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