Does Elective Single Embryo (eSET) work?

Dr. Koulianos answers common questions about Elective Single Embryo Transfers including:

  • Elective Single Embryo (eSET) transfer pregnancy rates
  • Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) success

Elective Single Embryo and Pregnancy Rates

Dr. Koulianos explains that when you look at single embryo transfer versus dual embryo transfer what we find is that the pregnancy rate depending on the study is either the same or slightly lower with single embryo transfer over dual embryo transfer. However, when you look at the take home baby rate per retrieval of eggs of a single fresh embryo and if it doesn’t work a single frozen embryo those two together carry a higher pregnancy rate and or the same pregnancy rate.

Dr. Koulianos also notes that with emerging technology, genetic testing, embryo grading techniques single embryo transfers are as effective as dual embryo transfer.

Cryopreserved Embryos and Elective Single Embryo (eSET)

When a patient has cryopreserved embryos after a Elective Single Embryo (eSET) cycle it raises the odds of success per egg retrieval.

The benefit of cryopreserved embryos after a Elective Single Embryo (eSET) cycle is the following:

  1. Patients do not have to be hyper-stimulated again
  2. Patients do not have to have another egg retrieval
  3. Patients can have an artificially timed frozen embryo transfers