The last 30 years have seen a dramatic increase in the incidence of twin and triplet pregnancies in the United States. Fertility doctors have been largely responsible. 1 in every 30 infants born in 2009 were twins; double that of 30 years ago.
The serious risks of triplet pregnancies are generally well understood. Most people, however, believe that twins do great. Surprisingly, 25% of twins require neonatal intensive care hospitalization, and the risk of cerebral palsy and even death are higher for twins compared to a single baby.
Single-embryo transfer (eSET) is a procedure (with the help of SelectCCS, a form of genetic testing) in which a single, high quality embryo is selected and transferred into the uterus. It is recommended that SET is used for patients ages 35 or older, or who have had multiple unsuccessful IVF cycles or miscarriages. Approximately 60% of early miscarriages are due to chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo.
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