Reading IVF literature from around the world, I am still intrigued that in many countries it is considered appropriate to routinely transfer multple embryos in IVF cycles. This includes the view by many clinicians that twins are “acceptable”. Now twins can be very cute – but the higher rates of complications from premature delivery, developmental delay, anomalies and deaths that occur from twins compared to single pregnancies means that a couple’s chance of a healthy baby per IVF cycle is higher through single embryo transfer than it is from multiple embryo transfer.

If you are skeptical, read this article that looked at a large data set of IVF cycles across Australia and form your own opinion.

Single Blastocyst Transfer Optimizes Live Healthy Baby Rates