Your clinic will likely recommend single embryo transfer (SET) if it is considered to be the best option for you, and if the staff are confident that the embryo they select at time of transfer, is healthy and likely to implant. If you have more than one embryo transferred you are more likely to become pregnant with twins or more risks.
The procedure for SET is the same as that for conventional IVF or ICSI, the only difference is that only one embryo is transferred.
If you are a suitable patient, single embryo transfer (SET) has been shown to largely remove the risks of multiple pregnancy without significantly reducing your chance of having a baby.
The issues to consider are:
"Multiple births as a result of IVF increase the risks of death and disability, not only from the more complex pregnancy and delivery, but also from prematurity. The best way to ensure a healthy baby and avoid the trauma of neonatal intensive care is by single embryo transfer."
Dr Alun Elias-Jones, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Leicester
Single embryo transfer (SET) is the best option for most patients however it is not suitable for everyone. Your clinic will advise you on the best option for you and will take into account your age, the quality of your embryos and the number of previous IVF cycles you have had.
Other factors may affect your clinic’s recommendation, such as whether you suffer from any pre-existing medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, endometriosis or tubal disease, so you should always discuss any concerns you have with your clinician.
Research the risks and benefits of single embryo transfer yourself.