Australian IVF patients are requesting more embryos for transfer to reduce the cost of IVF. They fear transferring fewer embryos to avoid multiple births because they want a higher pregnancy rate.
In the US, we have faced this dilemma for years. In states that mandate IVF coverage, the number of embryos transferred is lower.
Our clinic now offers success rates with elective single embryo transfer in selected cases (usually age <35 and with day 5 transfers) that are the same (within 5%) of double embryo transfer. Yet, our patients often choose double embryo transfer because they would rather deal with twins rather than the reality of not being pregnant.
There are other reasons also such as the fact that many patients want twins to get all the children over with a single pregnancy.
| More cash-strapped Australian mums opt multiple birth|
Indo-Asian News Service, 3 May 2010, 408 Words, (English)
Melbourne, May. 3 — Birth rate of twins and triplets is set to increase as more Australian women undergoing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) insist doctors to implant multiple embryos to reduce the cost of fertility treatment. Despite multiple …