Understanding Single Embryo Transfer
The embryo selected for elective single-embryo transfer is chosen from a number of viable embryos. These may be from a previous in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle if the embryos have been cryopreserved, or from a current fresh cycle that contains more than one embryo. After selection, the embryo is placed within your fallopian tube or uterus.
The advantages of single embryo transfer
Selecting a single embryo allows you to avoid health risks that are associated with carrying multiples. This procedure also prevents complications which may be caused by twin or high order multiple births, such as low birth weight and health problems during infancy. Using single embryo transfer does not reduce your chances of becoming pregnant, it only prevents multiple births.
Is single embryo transfer right for me?
If you have a good chance of success with in vitro fertilization, then using a single embryo transfer will give you just as much of a chance of a full-term pregnancy as women who transfer multiple embryos. If you are aged 35 years or younger, and you have high-quality eggs or embryos, you should consider single embryo transfer. Women who are aged over 35 may want to discuss multiple embryo transfer with their doctor.
Things to consider about single embryo transfer
Because every woman is different, there are no rigid guidelines for choosing single embryo transfer. Here are some considerations you may wish to think about:
- Do you wish to breastfeed? This may be more challenging with a multiple birth.
- Can you afford childcare? Managing more than one infant at a time can be exhausting, and you may need some help.
- How will a multiple birth affect your work options? Consider the demands that multiples may place on your work schedule and lifestyle.
- Do you have a support network? Having family and friends to help you can be very important with multiple infants.
When you are considering IVF, there will be many decisions to make. The important thing is that you are aware of all your options and their implications before you make a choice. If you’d like to discuss single embryo transfer further, contact us today for a consultation.