Why One Embryo Is Better
Fertility Doctor Tina Koopersmith
Discusses Why One Baby Is Better
We encourage our patients to have one baby at a time due to the health benefits to both the baby and the mother, as well as the emotional benefits to the entire family.
One baby is better because singleton pregnancies typically last longer -- 39 weeks on average -- making it a healthier experience for both mother and child. Having one baby at a time also makes it easier to raise the child, putting considerably less strain on the parents.
Conversely, twin pregnancies are associated with earlier delivery dates, more time in intensive care, and a higher chance of learning disabilities.
To improve a woman’s chance of having one baby through IVF, it’s generally advised to have one embryo transferred to the uterus at a time. For women under the age of 35, the odds are higher that the one embryo will successfully implant. However, in older women, the statistical odds of an embryo implanting is lower, so your fertility doctor may advise implanting more than one embryo, hoping that one will attach to the uterine wall and begin to grow. At any age, a genetically screened embryo that is considered normal has an excellent, 70% implantation rate.
Together We'll Find A Way
Our experienced fertility doctors consider multiple factors and provide individualized guidance to help you determine the appropriate number of embryos to transfer during IVF.
We look forward to meeting you, learning about you, and helping you to be healthy and happy. To schedule an appointment you can call the West Coast Women's Reproductive Center at (818) 616-9277 or make an appointment online.