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March 10th, 2013, 05:05 PM
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Long story short: i'm a couple weeks post laparoscopy and we'rw teying on our own for 3 months.. If not pregnant then we're gonna do 1 more IUI then move onto ivf. Here's my question: i know my dr typically (especially since I'm only 24) doesnt transfer any more than 2 embryos but does anyone know if an RE is willing to help a patient conceive twins? Strange question i know but I figured i'd ask
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March 10th, 2013, 06:20 PM
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it depends on the RE what their policy is regarding embryo transfer. You'll need to speak with them to see.

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March 10th, 2013, 07:43 PM
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If your doc is a board-certified RE, there are limits on what he/she can allow. The guidelines are in place to prevent higher-order multiples (3 or more babies)...a situation which carries huge risks for both the mother and the children. Usually for healthy young couples without a previous failed IVF attempt, the limit is two embryos. Many REs are starting to push single-embryo transfers because they are very successful and are the least risky pregnancies. My RE stated more than once that the optimal IVF outcome is a singleton pregnancy...that was the ideal situation and the goal that he was striving towards. If you'd like to read more about the guidelines, you can find them here: http://www.asrm.org/uploadedFiles/AS...yos%281%29.pdf

Honestly, I'd be wary of a doc who would transfer more than two 5-day blasts for your situation.

That said, you still have about a 30% chance of twins if you transfer 2 embryos My DH and I were under 30 and healthy and transferred 2 embryos after our fresh cycle, resulting in our baby girl. The next try we decided to transfer 2 again, and we now have 6-month old twins.

Good luck! I hope you get your in these next 3 months so you don't have to go through IVF!

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March 11th, 2013, 03:05 AM
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Our doc will only transfer 1 if doing a 5 day transfer, and a maximum of 2 if doing a 3 day transfer.
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March 11th, 2013, 06:47 AM
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Our Dr will txfer 2 on a 3 day or 5 day transfer for first time IVFers...they will only allow 3 if the embryos are not of that great quality, or a previous failed cycle. Transferring 3 doesn't actually improve odds of twins, it just increases chances of triplets. Just read this in my paperwork yesterday. I transferred a 7 and 8 cell on cd3 and got my daughter.

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March 11th, 2013, 08:41 AM
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I was 26 when we did our IVF. We were going for baby #2. Baby #1 was conceived through IUI and injectibles when I was 24. I had also had a natural pg that ended when I was 22.
When we did IVF my RE would only allow 1-2 embryos. He pushed for one because of my age, history and diagnosis. He told me that. If we transferred 2, that there was a 2/3's chance that I would deliver twins.
He asked me again on transfer day if I was sure I wanted to transfer two because he was fairly certain both would make it.

I wanted twins, so I said YES! They transferred both, and they are now 8 months old

I have 2 frozen embryos. I will be doing ONE at a time next time

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March 12th, 2013, 12:58 PM
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I've also heard more than 2 doesn't increase the odds of twins - just the odds of more multiples. If you want twins - have them put back 2!!
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