CORONADO, Calif., July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Reproductive Partners Fertility Center - San Diego this week announced groundbreaking success rates in its elective single embryo transfer (eSET) program. Results were released at an international conference of some of the world's most respected In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) physicians and scientists. The La Jolla fertility center now leads the nation in a procedure that can virtually eliminate risky twin pregnancies by implanting only one healthy embryo into each IVF patient.
New 2015 data from Reproductive Partners - San Diego show that 89% of its IVF transfers at the fertility center were eSETs, outpacing the national rate of 25% by a huge margin. In addition, the center experienced a phenomenally high eSET delivery rate of more than 50%.
"We have entered a new era in Reproductive Medicine," says the center's Medical Director, Dr. Gabriel Garzo. "Our center has been able to virtually eliminate multiple pregnancies, which translates into safer pregnancies and healthier babies. Transferring a single embryo reduces the developmental delays and health risks that can be associated with twin births."
Often, IVF patients are encouraged to transfer multiple embryos to ensure higher success rates, but the health risks associated with IVF twin pregnancies can be life-threatening and debilitating—for both babies and mothers. Sixty percent of IVF twins are born prematurely and suffer from low birth weight; as a result, the risk of infant mortality rises seven-fold. Developmental delays and life-long illnesses are not unusual. Mothers can develop heart problems, diabetes, hypertension and preeclampsia.
"Twins should not be the goal of any responsible infertility program," notes Reproductive Partners physician Dr. Antoni Duleba. "We're thrilled to be able to offer patients outstanding success rates with a single embryo transfer procedure that not only gets extraordinary results but safeguards a patient's health."
To maximize the success of transferring only one embryo, physicians and researchers at Reproductive Partners often perform genetic testing to identify and select a healthy embryo for the procedure. Remaining embryos are frozen-- ready to be used when the patient decides to have another child.
Reproductive Partners shared its data at a four-day conference of top fertility experts meeting on important advancements in the specialty of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). The center co-hosted the event with UC San Diego, and Spain'sInstituto Valenciano de Infertilidad.
Reproductive Partners Fertility Center - San Diego is a center of excellence for In Vitro Fertilization. Its team of respected physicians, nurses, embryologists and staff are dedicated to helping couples achieve their dreams of starting and expanding their families. Visit us on the web at https://www.fertilityclinicsandiego.com.