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Washington DC-area IVF Specialist Suheil Muasher, MD Addresses Fears of Infertility Treatments after Octuplet Mom News
Date:3/17/2009

case reflects badly on an area of science that has worked for decades to help women who have trouble getting pregnant. Dr. Muasher says he wants to reassure women who may be reconsidering IVF treatment because of the case in California. “We tell patients that the vast majority of IVF babies, greater than 97%, are either singletons or twins. There is no reason to fear IVF treatment simply because there is a higher chance of a multiple pregnancy.”

Dr. Muasher is head of The Muasher Center for Fertility and IVF, specializing in IVF for Washington DC, Fairfax, Virginia, and Maryland-area patients, as well as those from around the world. He participated in the original research that ultimately led to the IVF protocol used in most clinics today. Dr. Muasher says his facility tries to educate patients that the best possible outcome of in vitro fertilization is to have a healthy singleton baby. “Education is very important as many patients do not truly understand the increased risks of multiple pregnancy. We also try to follow the guidelines of our professional societies in limiting the number of embryos transferred.”

Those guidelines from ASRM stipulate that: women under 35 with a favorable prognosis of carrying a fetus to term should have 1-2 embryos transferred; those under 35 with less favorable prognoses should have 2 embryos transferred; women ages 35-37 (favorable prognosis) should have 2 embryos transferred; those with an unfavorable prognosis should have 3. The guidelines typically increase the number of embryos recommended for transfer depending on the patient’s age and prognosis, but the guideline never goes above a 5-embryo transfer recommendation (for patients over 40.

Dr. Muasher says although some individuals and couples would like to hav
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