How many embryos to transfer, using DE - One or two?

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Registered: 12-01-2010
How many embryos to transfer, using DE - One or two?
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Sun, 08-07-2011 - 10:55pm

Hi everyone,
I am doing egg donation and am due for the transfer this month. I am 45 years old, healthy and single. I am looking for advice/ feedback/ experiences on how many eggs I should have transferred: one or two.....I know there are no rules about the outcome and I am also told by my clinic that the chances for multiples are around 30-40% if two eggs are transferred.... any advice? I am scared of having multiples, but at the same time, this has been such a long process that I would like to have success with this first fresh transfer....I had a frozen transfer a few months ago which was not successful.

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Registered: 12-01-2010
Sun, 09-25-2011 - 11:08pm

thanks for your feedback...lets see what the quality looks like. Will know more tomorrow....

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Registered: 05-13-2003

Good luck to you! I too am 45 and went through the same thought process as you. I also have a 4.5 year old DD and wanted ust one more child but I was completely open to twins. I just love kids and knew I could step up to the plate. My husband, 48, on the other hand absolutely did NOT want twins -- no way, not at all. So that made the decision easier. He's been so supportive and letting me drive the fertilty bus all along I knew I had to honor his feelings.

I too wanted the security of knowing it would work for sure (or least boost my chances as much as possible), but in the end we were lucky becuase we transferred one healthy frozen embryo (I had a fresh embryo transfer in Feb but that did not take, which even furthered my desire to transfer two) and I'm now 19 weeks pregnant.

I think it all depends on your willingness to have twins -- and your partners desires. There is no way to know if a double transfer will result in one or two children. If you're willing to have twins, then go for it. If there's no way that you'd be happy with that situation, stick to a single embryo. It sounds like you will have a few to spare so you can try again if it doesn't work.

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