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.
Multifetal pregnancies put both mother and the fetuses at risk for complications, including:
Due to these risks and potential outcomes, Dr. Abaé does everything possible to reduce your likelihood of developing a multifetal pregnancy.
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.
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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