RMANJ Fellow Wins Research Award for Study Affirming Benefits of Single Embryo Transfer

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Dr. Scott Morin, a third year fellow at RMANJ, was honored late last month by the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS) for his research into IVF safety.

He received the Excellence In-Training Award for his insights into whether women who failed to become pregnant following the transfer of a single healthy embryo should attempt to have a double embryo transfer to increase their chances of pregnancy.

To answer this question, Dr. Morin compared pregnancy rates between women who failed their first single embryo transfer and chose to have another single embryo transfer versus those who failed their first single embryo transfer but opted for a double embryo transfer the second time around.

His findings showed that while there was no difference in delivery rates between the two groups, the double embryo transfer group had a greater number of twin pregnancies, which come with increased risk for complications. The findings reaffirmed the benefits of single embryo transfers, even after an initial failed cycle.

“It is natural for our patients and doctors to want to change the treatment strategy after the pain associated with a failed embryo transfer,” Dr. Morin said. “However, we wanted to take a scientific approach to see if it was worth it to increase the risk of twins (and all of the complications that accompany twins) by performing a double embryo transfer the next time around. Our study showed that the patients who chose another single embryo transfer had the same number of deliveries as those who chose to transfer two embryos, but with far less risk to the mother and baby.”

“Our commitment to using scientific evidence to guide our clinical decisions demonstrates that a euploid single embryo transfer produces the outcomes that we all care most about: the delivery of a healthy baby.”

Dr. Scott Morin

Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey - Basking Ridge, NJ