It has long been standard practice in the field of fertility treatment and specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF) to transfer multiple embryos to improve the chances that at least one viable pregnancy will result.
Common Complications Due to Multiples
However, the process of multiple transfers presents increased serious risks and complications to both mothers and infants when twin, triplet and higher-order pregnancies occur. Multiple gestations in pregnancy is the single biggest health risk to both mother and child associated with in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. These complications range from preeclampsia and gestational diabetes to higher rates of C-section and psychological issues for the moms, and to prematurity, birth complications, long-term learning disabilities and developmental problems in their offspring. In one study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), half of the infants from multiple pregnancies had adverse outcomes.
Elective Single Embryo Transfer (ESET)
To address these concerns, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) offers an option to its patients called Elective Single Embryo Transfer (ESET), or the transfer of just one embryo at a time during IVF. This policy is in keeping with the guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), which currently recommends transferring only one embryo for women under 35 who have a good chance of achieving a pregnancy.
Besides reducing the physical and psychological risks associated with high-order pregnancies, the risk of costly complications from a single embryo transfer is much less than those associated with multiple embryo transfers. According to preliminary data from the CDC, single embryo transfer would save a total of $1 billion in health care costs nationwide.
Affording Elective Single Embryo Transfer
The Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) Opportunity Plan from RMACT is the only all-inclusive IVF treatment plan in the Tri-State Connecticut Region that includes cycle medications. The elective transfer of a single embryo (eSET) is the most effective way to reduce the risk of multiple gestations. At RMACT, we can transfer only one embryo at a time in select patients and still maintain excellent pregnancy rates due to the quality of our IVF program.
To help make this option available to as many patients as possible, RMACT offers The Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) Opportunity Plan. This unique payment plan is available exclusively to RMACT patients who do not have insurance coverage for their fertility treatments.
The eSET Opportunity Plan provides participating patients with two chances of success while transferring one embryo at a time. The first eSET is a fresh single embryo transfer. In the event the fresh transfer does not result in a live birth, a subsequent frozen embryo transfer cycle (FET) is included in this Plan.
Patients who choose The eSET Opportunity Plan at RMACT are treated by our outstanding team of board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists, nurses and other specially trained patient care professionals. Find out if The eSET Opportunity Plan is right for you. To learn more, talk to a Financial Service Representative at RMACT at 203 750-7400 or contact us here.