IVF is the process of fertilizing an egg outside the body and is the oldest and most frequently used ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) procedure and fertility treatment options. Originally designed to bypass diseased fallopian tubes, the number of reasons to do IVF quickly expanded to include male factor infertility, endometriosis, unexplained infertility and other conditions.
How many embryos to transfer is one of the most difficult decisions facing an IVF patient today, but your In Vitro Fertilization Doctor is here for you. The more the embryos transferred, the greater the chances of getting pregnant. Since the purpose of an IVF cycle is to achieve a pregnancy, then why not transfer as many as possible?
Often we strive to pick the best embryo for transfer to maximize the chance for our patients to conceive. As patients age, the choices and number of normal embryos created with IVF Procedures decreases and many patients aren’t successful. Still, as the research below demonstrates, many challenges arise from genetically abnormal embryos. We’ve attempted to identify more of these abnormal embryos by encouraging some patients, especially those with multiple failed attempts, repeated miscarriages, or older patients to undergo IVF with embryo biopsy and pre-implantation genetic screening of the embryos before transfer.
Some times, only embryos of poor quality are available for transfer. While the chance of getting pregnant when only poor quality embryos are transferred, you can be reassured that if a pregnancy results, the children will be normal!
Transferring genetically normal embryos will increase the chances for conceiving. These and other studies give us hope to improving the success for all our patients.
Laurel Fertility Care will provide a personalized plan for you to address your individual situation which will include a detailed schedule of medications and procedures. We will also discuss any potential risks and side-effects of your treatment plan. If you would like to discuss the IVF procedures or have questions, please contact your IVF Clinic Bay Area.