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No More High Order Multiple Birth Disasters -or- Being The Change We Seek

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You might have noticed that there is a lot of breaking fertility news this week. That's because ESHRE is taking place in Amsterdam and everyone is publishing their scientific papers and sending out press releases.

So, once again there are articles in the press that are grabbing for attention. Some are things that we have known for years but are written with a new slant. We are reading once again about why laptops reduce male fertility (it's the heat dummy!), or why bicycle riding is bad for sperm production, or my personal favorite of this week's fertility news - daily sex improves sperm quality! I don't know if it does or doesn't - but if the men can't play with their computers, or ride their bikes - they might as well do something constructive with their time! Right?

So, in this sea of press releases, today, Dr. David Kreiner (the doctor that I work with), a nationally renowned Long Island reproductive specialist, has decided to take on the long-standing moral and medical dilemma of multiples with a unique approach to IVF designed to make single embryo transfer (SET) the standard of care available to everyone.

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I totally believe in Single Embryo Transfer for IVF. In order to improve and maximize the chances for implantation we must be sure that we place the single embryo at the "Maximal Implantation Potential (MIP) Point". This requires an upgrade of the ultrasound guidance to "3D/4D Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer". Using this new technique could increase pregnancy rates by more than 10%. This way we can reasure our patients and ourselves that we did the best we could.

July 7, 2009 - 5:25pm

Dear Pamela,

Fascinating article. Thank you for your insight.

I wonder if this article, "Judging Octomom" has anything to do with the Amsterdam conference.


It's the first non hoopla article I've read that explores intelligently and dispassionately the issues raised by the birth eight babies to on welfare mother, Nadya Suleman, who already had six IVF children.

You are in such a complex and emotionally volatile field, Pamela. I very much respect your efforts to bring information and clarity to us.

warm regards,


July 7, 2009 - 3:22pm
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