Defining a cycle

What is included in a full cycle of IVF treatment?

The aim of treatment must be to give the best outcome for the patient and potential children – one healthy child. At present, a major obstacle to this outcome is the practice of multiple embryo transfer, particularly in cases where the woman is at risk of multiple pregnancy and birth.

To encourage patients to accept elective single embryo transfer (eSET), it is important that all those involved in the provision of fertility treatment define a full cycle of treatment as including both the transfer of a fresh embryo as well as subsequent transfer of the frozen embryos.

It is also vital that the NICE fertility guidelines are implemented in full for everyone who meets the defined criteria, with three full (fresh and frozen) cycles of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).


Best practice for SET

To implement best practice for single embryo transfer (SET), centres and clinics should follow the latest guidelines and have an appropriate protocol in place.

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