Elective Single Embryo Transfer

Elective single embryo transfer is a new technique in which a single embryo is selected from a larger number of available embryos and is placed in the uterus or fallopian tube. The embryo selected might be produced from a previous IVF cycle or from the fresh IVF cycles.

In vitro fertilization (IVF) helps in producing more than one embryo or egg. The remaining embryos that are left out is stored and preserved by a process called cryopreservation. Elective single embryo transfer helps in avoiding risks associated with carrying multiple embryos or resulting in high order multiple births.

When more than one embryo is present, it results in high order multiple births. High order multiple birth is a condition in which three or more babies are born at the same time.

Multiple births generally results in preterm or premature delivery and the babies born are smaller having a low birth weight. The chances of successful pregnancy depend on the number of embryos that are transferred during an assisted reproductive technology treatment.

Candidates for Elective Single Embryo Transfer

If you are having a high chance of success with assisted reproductive technology, you are a good candidate for elective selective embryo transfer. The live births caused due to single embryo transfer and multiple embryo transfer is similar.

Single embryo transfer is considered for women who are:

  • Women who are younger than 35 years of age
  • Women who are undergoing the first assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycle.
  • Women with relatively large number of high quality embryos
  • Women who have embryos available for cryopreservation

Why to avoid having Multiple Pregnancy?

Multiple pregnancy can create problems for both mother and the baby. It generally leads to premature delivery. Babies who are born prematurely are usually at the risk of serious short term and long term major health issues.

The major health problems associated with multiple pregnancy are: cerebral palsy, gastrointestinal problems. In few rare cases it can also lead to death in the first few months of life.

How to Choose the Best Embryo?

The embryo is carefully examined in the laboratory conditions. The assessment includes the appearance, number and size of cells and rate of development. Different grading systems are used and it may vary from clinic to clinic.

Grading system also depends on the stage when the embryo is getting evaluated either in the blastocyst stage or in the cleavage. There are no specific methods that can predict which embryo will produce a live offspring. Genetic tests are usually done to check whether the embryo is genetically normal or not.

Success Rate of Elective Single Embryo Transfer

In most of the candidates who have selected single embryo transfer, there is an excellent increase in pregnancy rates. Elective single embryo transfer can lead to a drop in multiple pregnancy rates and overall twin rates.  Embryo transfer procedure is generally used in IVF treatment.

If you are willing to go for single embryo transfer to achieve a healthy pregnancy, you can consult Hegde fertility clinic for fertility related issues. Infertility specialists are available in different branches of Hegde fertility clinic like:

Infertility treatment cost in Hyderabad is reasonable and comparatively less from other states. Contact Hegde fertility clinic to get yourself treated at the best affordable rates.

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