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HFEA wants greater use of single embryo transfers in assisted reproduction

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39177.466701.DB (Published 12 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:766
  1. Robert Short
  1. London

    The United Kingdom's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has launched a consultation to examine four options to reduce multiple births after in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

    Each year in the UK 126 babies born after IVF die as a consequence of multiple birth, and the risk of death in mothers, although low, is doubled in women who are expecting twins. Currently 24% of women who have had IVF have a multiple birth.

    The HFEA wants to encourage the use of single embryo transfers in each treatment cycle in patients who are most likely to conceive (such as those who …

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