Embryo And Early Pregnancy

Embryo And Early Pregnancy Specialist
Technology continues to improve the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and decrease the risks associated with this increasingly popular procedure, such as multifetal gestations. As part of their commitment to providing the highest quality care at affordable prices, Dr. Mick Abaé and his team of skilled providers at Fertility & Genetics in Plantation, Florida, keep pace with these advances. They’re committed to providing residents in South Florida the best infertility care available, including elective single embryo transfer (eSET) to increase the odds of having a healthy baby. Contact the office today to schedule your consult.

Embryo and Early Pregnancy Q & A

Fertility and Genetics

What is eSET?

One of the final steps in IVF treatments is the transfer of a fertilized embryo into the recipient’s uterus, where it will hopefully implant successfully in the uterine lining and develop into a healthy baby.

In the early days of IVF, implantation rates were low and doctors often transferred multiple embryos to increase the odds of achieving a viable pregnancy. Many times, this resulted in a multifetal pregnancy that left some parents reeling over the possibility of having twins, triplets, or more, as well as dealing with the risks of carrying multiples.

Due to dramatic improvements in the success rate of implantations over time, experts in the field, such as Dr. Abaé and his team, have achieved significantly positive results when transferring a single embryo to the uterus for implantation. This practice is known as elective single embryo transfers or eSET. Pregnancy rates are high when eSET is used during IVF, and the risk of multifetal pregnancies is effectively lowered.

What are the risks of multifetal pregnancy?

Multifetal pregnancies put both mother and the fetuses at risk for complications, including:

  • Prematurity
  • Low birth weight
  • Small size for gestational age
  • Perinatal mortality
  • Birth defects
  • Caesarean delivery and its associated risks
  • Preeclampsia

Due to these risks and potential outcomes, Dr. Abaé does everything possible to reduce your likelihood of developing a multifetal pregnancy.

How do you ensure the health of the embryo?

Dr. Abae is a highly-acclaimed embryologist who directs the Fertility & Genetics Assisted Reproductive Technology Laboratory. This is where preimplantation embryonic screening for genetic abnormalities and other potential health issues takes place.

Dr. Abae is an expert in IVF, having participated in more than 4500 IVF cycles. He’s also performed well over 20,000 intracytoplasmic sperm injections, an IVF procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. His skill as an embryologist significantly enhances the ability of your dedicated Fertility & Genetics team to transfer healthy embryos with the greatest potential for successful implantation.   

Is the IVF procedure different for eSET?

While lab protocols are slightly altered, the steps for IVF remain the same. Two weeks after the embryo transfer, you’ll return for a pregnancy test and then have a second test a few days later to confirm those results. Final confirmation comes through ultrasound. Your specialists at Fertility & Genetics will continue to monitor the embryo’s progress closely for approximately 10 weeks before transferring your care to your obstetrician.

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