Title
Impact of patients' choice for single embryo transfer of a top quality embryo versus double embryo transfer in the first IVF/ICSI cycle
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Bonn ,
Subject
Biology
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Human reproduction. - Bonn
Volume/pages
17(2002) :10 , p. 2621-2625
ISSN
0268-1161
ISI
000179726200022
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Abstract
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of transferring a single top quality embryo in the first IVF/ICSI cycle of patients <38 years old who chose to have one or two embryos transferred. METHODS: A total of 262 patients participated in the study, and 243 transfers were performed: 156 (64%) patients chose the transfer of a single top quality embryo, if available, and two non-top quality embryos if not available; 87 (36%) patients chose to have a double embryo transfer regardless of embryo quality. RESULTS: In the first group an ongoing pregnancy rate of 40% (63/156) with a twin pregnancy rate of 2% (1/63) was achieved. In the second group the ongoing pregnancy rate was 44% (38/87) with 26% (10/38) twin pregnancies. In the patient group with only one embryo transferred, irrespective of the patient's choice, the ongoing pregnancy rate was 43% (54/127) with no twin pregnancies. For the study population as a whole, the ongoing pregnancy rate was 42% (101/243) with 11% (11/101) twins. CONCLUSION: We conclude that the introduction of single embryo transfer in the first IVF/ICSI cycle is highly acceptable in women <38 years old.
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