A new study reported in the Guardian shows that putting back just one embryo at a time during IVF doesn’t reduce the chances of having a baby. It is now policy in the UK to encourage transferring just one embryo whenever appropriate in order to reduce the risks associated with multiple pregnancies and births, but there has been some opposition from those who believe that this will inevitably reduce the chances of having a baby.
The study presented at the British Fertility Society annual meeting in Liverpool focused on live birth rates at the Leicester Fertility Centre during separate periods before a single embryo transfer policy was adopted and afterwards – and found that there was no difference in the number of women who became pregnant, and an increase in the live birth rate – which should be hugely reassuring to anyone who is worried about the single embryo transfer policy.
Of course, when you are going through fertility treatment you want to maximise your chances of success – and some clinics still try to convince patients that this will be done by transferring more than one embryo at a time. This study shows that it really isn’t the case for all women, and transferring a single embryo for those who are most likely to be successful will not reduce the chances of success but will reduce the chances of a potentially risky multiple pregnancy.
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