For several years the HFEA have been asking IVF clinics to reduce their rates of multiple pregnancy – for reasons of safety for the mother and baby. They have been setting annual targets for clinics to meet, reducing the proportions of multiple pregnancy. In 2013, the target was set at 10% of all pregnancies. This can only be achieved by a reduction in the number of ‘two embryo transfers’ that are carried out.
When considering elective single embryo transfer (eSet), GCRM has instigated policies which, in combination with advances in the laboratory, seek to ensure that overall clinical pregnancy rates and chances of success are not reduced. The GCRM eSet program is on track to meet the HFEA targets. The staff at GCRM are extremely pleased with the success of the eSet program. It is clear that the policies put in place, along with the highly successful vitrification programme for embryo freezing, has led to the reduction in multiple births, and increased clinical pregnancy rates per stimulated cycle.