Friday, November 20, 2009

Make Up Your Mind

Single Embryo Transplant in IVF More Effective, Study Says:

Wed, Mar 25, 2009 (HealthDay) -- It's more effective and less costly to implant single embryos instead of two embryos at a time, says a study that challenges the belief that implanting multiple embryos during in-vitro fertilization (IVF) improves a woman's chances of becoming pregnant and is more cost-effective.

Finnish researchers looked at more than 1,500 women who went through more than 3,600 assisted reproduction cycles. They found the live birth rate was 5 percent higher for women who had a single embryo implanted at a time, compared to double embryo transplants, Agence France Presse reported.

The single embryo method was also less costly, especially when the researchers factored in health complications due to multiple pregnancies.

The study was published in the journal Human Reproduction.

"At a time when there is an intense debate in many countries about how to reduce multiple pregnancy rates and provide affordable fertility treatment, policy makers should be made aware of our results," study lead researcher Hannu Martikainen, of the University of Oulu, said in a news release, AFP reported.

"These data should also encourage clinics to evaluate their embryo transfer* policy and adopt elective single embryo transfer* as their everyday practice for women younger than 40," Martikainen said.

[* At least the doctor got it right. And, Dr. Finnish Researcher, not ALL women under 40 are good candidates for single embryo implant/transplant/transfer, so shut yer piehole about policy. Ahem.]


hope4joy said...

Very interesting article. Argh, so much conflicting informaiton out there. You just don't know what to do.

jenicini said...

It might be less costly in the long run overall...but no necessarily with the money coming out of your pocket if you have to self-pay for these elective procedures! ;) Factor that baby! :) Implant....

JB said...

Yeah, in Europe and the rest of the developed world, national health care pays for infertility treatment. Thus, single embryo transfer is far more common because economics do not limit the number of attempts of IVF. The reporter failed to factor that in.

And I swear, who are these numbskulls who think that embryos are "implanted" or "transplanted" into your uterus by virtue of being squirted in through a catheter? If the transfer actually involved "implanting" then I would probably be pregnant twice over, dammit.

jenicini said...

That should have been not necessarily, btw! :) I would like them to implant them....seriously, shove it into the lining, cover it with a little soil and presto--baby! :)

Pundelina said...

ROFL - gotta love the press and their complete lack of knowing what they're actually writing about!

As for me - I'm over 35, I have 3 failed IVF cycles under my belt and I respond poorly - that all points to DET for us. So sayeth the other studies.