Long Island IVF | Program & Services | Single Embryo Transfer

At Long Island IVF, we provide the most comprehensive and clinically sound fertility testing and treatments.

We start by performing a complete review of our patients' medical records and a careful assessment of their individual fertility status.

Single Embryo Transfer

The sobering truth: multiple pregnancies -- even with 'just' twins -- are sometimes dangerous to the health and well being of both mother and babies. One of the most important recent developments -- single embryo transfer, or SET -- is being consistently backed up by study after study as the optimal IVF method for patients with a good prognosis.

The safest pregnancy with the greatest chances for an optimal outcome -- a healthy baby -- is a singleton pregnancy. Confidence in our high quality embryology laboratory and immensely successful embryo cryopreservation program has afforded Long Island IVF the ability to limit the number of embryos transferred, essentially eliminating the risk of triplets or more.

After a few days of development, one or more embryos are selected for transfer to the uterine cavity. Embryos are placed in the uterine cavity with a thin tube (catheter). Ultrasound guidance may be used to help guide the catheter or confirm placement through the cervix and into the uterine cavity. Although the possibility of a complication from the embryo transfer is very rare, risks include infection and loss of, or damage to the embryos.

For the cost of an IVF cycle, SET Program patients will receive free cryopreservation of their embryos and free storage for six months or until a live birth occurs. As an additional incentive to motivate patients to make safer choices, we offer patients transferring a single embryo during their fresh stimulation cycle up to three frozen embryo transfers, within a year of their retrieval or until a live birth occurs, for the price of one. Click here for more information on Frozen Embryo Transfer.

Is SET for you?

Each patient's case is considered individually. Each factor impacting conception and pregnancy is taken into account, such as:

  • Patient's age
  • Embryo quality
  • Number of prior failed IVF cycles
  • Use of frozen-thawed embryos

Single embryo transfer is appropriate in certain situations where the likelihood of a multiple pregnancy is high. This may include:

  • Women younger than 35 years
  • Women who conceived with first IVF cycle
  • Women with concerns about multiple gestation
  • Donor egg recipients


Journey to the Crip Eipisode 3: Single Embryo Transfer

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