success of single embryo transferQ: How does the pregnancy rate and live birth rate of single embryo transfers compare to double embryo transfers?

A: In the BEST Trial (Blastocyst Euploid Selective Transfer Trial) the live birth rate for single embryo transfer with Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS) was 61% and all births were singletons vs. 65% for double embryo transfer with nearly half being multiples. Without CCS, the delivery for single embryo transfer (SET) is lower than double embryo transfer (DET), approximately 45-50% vs. 65% for DET.

Dr. Eric Forman, Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, and Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was co-author of the cover story in July ‘14 issue of Contemporary OBGYN Magazine “The New IVF Paradigm”.

This topic was discussed in more detail on the Creating a Family show: How IVF is Changing and Improving Your Chances of Conceiving

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