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New IVF Cuts Risk Of Multiple Births

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New research shows that single embryo implant during IVF cuts risk of multiple births, protecting both mother's and child's health. The research was conducted by British scientists and published in BJOG journal.

Women with pregnancy problems currently get the well known fertility treatment called IVF - In Vitro Fertilization - when egg and sperm unite in laboratories and form an embryo, it is then being implanted into woman's womb. IVF patients are being implanted with two or more embryos to increase pregnancy chances, but this new research offers single adult embryo implant to cut multiple birth rates.

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Most of multiple birth result in life threatening risks for both mother and child. Natural twins occur in one out of 80 pregnancy cases, IVF twins occur one out of 4 cases. Cutting multiple birth cases scientists can cut up to 126 infant deaths annually. Lots of women loose pregnancies within 22nd week because of multiple embryo implants. Twins or triples have higher risk of dying during birth or having lifetime disabilities.

This new IVF approach is not just another innovation, it is very important for couples to understand, that this method cuts the risk of health problems caused by multiple embryos. Researchers implant 5 day embryos into woman's womb. During these days scientists identify which embryo is stronger and will have better chances for pregnancy. This method costs more, because it is expensive and difficult to keep an embryo in a laboratory.

Because of higher price, couples may decide to choose traditional IVF with multiple embryos, but scientists warn, that because of premature birth, birth defects and disabilities new parent may spend much more. This is why they are urged to choose the new technique. It is better to have a few expensive cycles of new IVF method and have a healthy baby, than to have one cheaper traditional IVF and put mother's and baby's health at risk.

New IVF technique is better than the traditional one both in terms of pregnancy chances and multiple birth risks. It has 32% efficiency compared to traditional method's 27%, and it has 17% of multiple births compared to traditional method's 32%.