Why We Support eSET

What is eSET?

eSET stands for Elective Single Embryo Transfer and it is a procedure used in assisted reproductive technology where only one embryo is selected and transferred into the uterus during an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle.

Here are some reasons why we support Elective Single Embryo Transfers:

1. Reduced risk of multiple pregnancies: Transferring only one embryo significantly lowers the chances of a multiple pregnancy (eg. twins or triplets), which carries higher risks for both the surrogate and the babies.

2. Lower risk of pregnancy complications: Multiple pregnancies are associated with a higher risk of complications such as preterm birth, low birth weight, and gestational diabetes.

3. Safer for the surrogate: Carrying multiple fetuses can put significant strain on the surrogate’s body and increase the likelihood of health complications during pregnancy.

4. Better pregnancy outcomes: Single embryo transfers are associated with higher success rates per transfer compared to transferring multiple embryos.

5. Reduced risk of selective reduction: In cases of multiple pregnancies from transferring multiple embryos, selective reduction may be required to improve the chances of a healthy outcome for both the babies and the surrogate.

6. Higher chances of a healthy baby: Focusing on a single embryo transfer allows for better monitoring and care throughout the pregnancy, potentially leading to a healthier baby.

7. Lower financial burden: Multiple pregnancies often result in higher bedrest expenses, due to increased risks and complications, which can be avoided with single embryo transfers.

8. Easier pregnancy management: Carrying one baby is generally easier on the surrogate’s body and allows for better management of the pregnancy.

9. Lower risk of premature birth: Single embryo transfers reduce the risk of premature birth, which is more common in multiple pregnancies.

10. Improved emotional well-being: Surrogates may experience less stress and anxiety during pregnancy when carrying a single embryo, as the focus is on one baby’s health and development.

11. Better postpartum recovery: Delivering a single baby is typically less physically demanding than delivering multiples, leading to a smoother postpartum recovery for the surrogate.

12. Simplified prenatal care: Managing the health and development of one fetus is generally easier for healthcare providers, leading to more focused and effective prenatal care.

13. Lower risk of maternal complications: Single embryo transfers reduce the risk of maternal complications such as preeclampsia and placental abnormalities associated with multiple pregnancies.

14. Reduced strain on the healthcare system: Multiple pregnancies require more intensive monitoring and medical care, which can strain healthcare resources and lead to increased costs.

15. Decreased risk of miscarriage: Single embryo transfers have a lower risk of miscarriage compared to transferring multiple embryos.

16. Safer for the baby: Single embryo transfers can reduce the risk of developmental issues and health complications for the baby.

17. Improved quality of life for the surrogate: Carrying one baby at a time can lead to a better quality of life for the surrogate during pregnancy and postpartum.

18. Ethical considerations: Single embryo transfers align with ethical guidelines that prioritize the health and well-being of both the surrogate and the baby, promoting responsible reproductive practices.

These reasons collectively support the use of single embryo transfers as a safer and more effective approach for surrogacy.