Single Embryo Transfer is an excellent option that achieves high pregnancy rates but avoids higher order multiples, such as triplets or quintuplets.
Our goal at the Houston Fertility Institute is to help couples conceive. In
using medications to help with conception, we are stimulating the ovary to
produce more eggs than would occur naturally.
There is the ability to do ovulation induction, which is stimulating the
ovary and having that produce eggs, which is then coupled with intercourse
or intrauterine insemination. Using in vitro fertilization, what we then do
is extract the eggs, have sperm, and then fertilize those eggs in a
laboratory, and then are able to transfer back a select number of embryos
to maximize the likelihood of pregnancy, but yet minimize the likelihood of
higher order multiples. Higher order multiples are triplet pregnancies or
higher, which are at higher risk for complications, not only for mom, but
also for the babies.
In a selected subgroup, single embryo transfer may be a very viable option,
not only for acceptable and very high pregnancy rates, but also to minimize
the risk of the higher order multiples.