At Genesis we have achieved a 65%-per-cent pregnancy rate for women under 35, and we...can provide women with an excellent chance of getting pregnant without the higher risk of miscarriage or health problems associated with multiple pregnancy.
Vancouver, Canada (PRWEB) November 29, 2011
Dr Al Yuzpe, co-director of Genesis Fertility Centre, concurs with a recent study published in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility demonstrating that a procedure called elective single embryo transfer (e-SET) which involves transferring just one fertilized egg (embryo), rather than the two or more usually transferred during in vitro fertilization (IVF), in appropriately selected situations actually increases the birth rate while significantly reducing the higher risk of miscarriage or health problems associated with multiple pregnancy.
“This is an important study as it makes the case for why we need to encourage women under 35 who have good quality embryos to have just one embryo transferred. At Genesis we have achieved a 65%-per-cent pregnancy rate for women under 35, and we are confident that we can provide women with an excellent chance of getting pregnant without the higher risk of miscarriage or health problems associated with multiple pregnancy,” says Dr. Yuzpe, who sits on the Healthy Singleton Births committee of Assisted Human Reproduction Canada.
Genesis was the first clinic in British Columbia to introduce a formal e-SET program and has now performed more procedures than any clinic in Canada outside of Quebec where the procedure is publically funded and 62% of IVF cycles have e-SET.
“While many women undergoing fertility treatment feel that twins is desirable and cost effective as they can complete their family in one go, they don’t realize all the risks to families, mother and baby associated with a multiples pregnancy,” explains Yuzpe.
Studies have shown that for multiples, including twins, there is a higher risk of many obstetrical complications including premature labor and delivery as well as newborn complications such as cerebral palsy, respiratory diseases, blindness, deafness and death as compared to singleton pregnancies.
Along with providing health benefits to mother and baby, there is a significant cost benefit of e-SET for the health care system as it reduces the number of premature and sick babies that need to be cared for in intensive care nurseries. These cost benefits were a factor in Quebec’s recent decision to fund IVF in exchange for reducing the multiple pregnancy risk, which in Quebec has plummeted from 28% to 6.2%.
Many other countries with public health care fund IVF, including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands and Sweden. By stipulating single embryo transfer for appropriate women, these countries have lowered their multiple birth rates to 11% or less and at the same time reducing health costs.
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) have recently released guidelines recommending e-SET for women under 35 who are considered to have a good prognosis to conceive.
“I hope this study will make governments seriously consider public funding for IVF on a cost neutral basis. These results should also reassure women that e-SET is a good option for them if they are considered to be appropriate candidates,” says Yuzpe.
Since opening its doors in 1995, Genesis has grown to be one of the largest IVF clinics in Canada, offering a comprehensive range of assisted reproductive technologies, including IUI, IVF, ICSI, PGD, surgical sperm retrieval, cryopreservation, oocyte and sperm donation.