Shady Grove Fertility’s 2014 Fresh IVF Program Shows 6% Fewer Babies Were Born Prematurely or Very Prematurely Compared to the National Average

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More than half (51%) of the fresh IVF cycles at Shady Grove Fertility utilize eSET—which involves transferring one high quality embryo—compared to the national average of 32%. eSET leads to more full-term, healthier pregnancies and fewer cases of multiples, which pose risks to the mother and babies.

Stephen Greenhouse, M.D.

By putting back a single mature embryo, retrospective data has shown we are able to significantly decrease the risk of high-risk multiple gestation and increase the number of full-term births without compromising a patient’s success rate.

Shady Grove Fertility’s 2014 fresh in vitro fertilization (IVF) Program showed that responsible treatment leads to more full-term deliveries, with their fresh IVF program exceeding the national average of 77 percent being full-term pregnancies, compared with 83 percent of SGF pregnancies being full-term, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).

For women in the younger than 35 age group, Shady Grove Fertility’s fresh IVF program resulted in more than 6 percent fewer premature or very premature deliveries when compared to the national average in this same age group.

SART, whose mission it is to establish and maintain quality standards for assisted reproductive technology (ART), represents more than 90 percent of ART centers in the U.S. and requires of its centers annual IVF birth outcome reporting so that patients can make more informed decisions about their infertility care. In their 2014 National Data Summary, SART culled data from 375 affiliated fertility centers.

While there are many factors that can impact the timing of delivery, one of the most common is the occurrence of multiples. When undergoing IVF treatment, twins and triplets are generally due to transferring multiple embryos.

One of the primary factors that decreased premature delivery in women who achieved pregnancy after a fresh IVF cycle was the use of selective embryo transfer (eSET), of which Shady Grove Fertility is a pioneer and a strong proponent. In 2014, with 83 percent of all pregnant patients in the SGF IVF Program undergoing a fresh cycle having a singleton pregnancy, this lead to the twin rate falling from 20 percent to 16 percent and the triplet rate remaining at less than 1 percent. More than half (51%) of the fresh IVF cycles at Shady Grove Fertility in 2014 utilized eSET, which involves transferring one high quality embryo, compared to the national average, at 32%. eSET leads to more full-term, healthier pregnancies and fewer cases of multiples, which pose risks to the mother and babies.

“At Shady Grove Fertility our goal is for every patient to have a healthy pregnancy and delivery. It is well known that multiples can increase the risks associated with pregnancy to both the mother and babies. For this reason, we strongly recommend transferring a single embryo in good prognosis patients. By putting back a single high quality embryo, retrospective data has shown us we are able to significantly decrease the risk of high-risk multiple gestation and increase the number of full-term births without compromising a patient’s success rate,” remarks SGF reproductive endocrinologist Stephen Greenhouse, M.D. of their Fair Oaks, VA, office.

“There was once a time when IVF technology was in its infancy and fertility specialists routinely transferred more than one embryo to help ensure patient success. However, the outcome of this practice also increased the rate of twins, triplets, or even higher-order pregnancies. Today, because we’ve been able to significantly improve our clinical and embryology techniques, we can transfer one embryo and see high success rates in our patients,” remarks SGF reproductive endocrinologist Andrea Reh, M.D., of the Arlington and Fredericksburg, VA, offices.

About Shady Grove Fertility
Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2016 commemorates 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, and celebrates over 40,000 babies born—more than any other center in the nation. Today, 34 reproductive endocrinologists, supported by a highly specialized team of 600 urologists, Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff care for patients in 19 full-service offices and five satellite sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.

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