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New Study Proves Multiple Births From IVF Can Be Avoided
Date:2/3/2009

Recent Research by Shady Grove Fertility Center Proves that elective Single Embryo Transfer is Effective in Reducing Multiple Births.

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As fertility experts across the nation bemoan the health risk and expense of multiple births such as the octuplets born last Monday in Southern California, researchers at Shady Grove Fertility Center point to their recently published study proving that a fertility treatment that avoids multiples is equally effective and preferred by patients when cost is not a factor.

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The published study, "Elective single embryo transfer: A 6-year progressive implementation of 784 single blastocyst transfers and the influence of payment method on patient choice," which is available on Fertility and Sterility's website, proved that elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) can almost eliminate triplet pregnancies and also significantly reduce twin pregnancies without compromising pregnancy rates. It also showed that patients prefer to transfer one embryo when freed from financial pressures to transfer multiple embryos, which can occur when patients have limited or no insurance to pay for treatment. More embryos transferred theoretically improve success rates, but also increase the chance for multiples.

"The long-term costs of health care for multiples -- such as the octuplets born last Monday in Southern California -- far exceed the expense of single-embryo transfer in vitro fertilization (IVF)," said Robert J. Stillman, M.D., Shady Grove Fertility Center's medical director and the study's principal author. "If insurance coverage of fertility treatments were more widespread, more comprehensive, and less restric
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