Elective Single Embryo Transfer

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on November 24, 2007

eSET – That’s the new term for the latest recommendation to only transfer ONE embryo at a time into a woman’s uterus. Why is eSET the lastest craze? First, because women were not designed to have ‘litter’ births. And second, one baby at a time is better for the baby. DUH!

I am no fan of the Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority (HFEA) in the United Kingdom, but they actually hired an independent consultant who came up with this recommendation. They stated that “multiple birth is the single biggest risk to the health and welfare of children born after in vitro fertilisation (IVF)”. And that the time has come to make this change, back to eSET, in the United Kingdom.

Here in the U.S. “The Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday the shift in medical standards to encourage more women undergoing in vitro fertilization to implant only one embryo to reduce the risks and additional costs associated with multiple births.”

Finally, some sensible advice after years of multiple births being at epidemic highs and intensive care neonatal care units being maxed out with low birth weight preemies.

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