An innovative procedure, eSet is greatly reducing a woman’s risk of multiple births after undergoing a successful IVF procedure. According to Dr. George Kofinas – eSET and IVF pioneering specialist – the primary goal of eSET is to optimize live birth rates and minimize multiple pregnancies in conjunction with the IVF process.
What is eSet?
eSET is the acronym for Elective Single Embryo Transfer and entails the development and insertion of one high quality embryo into a woman’s uterus that will reduce the risk of IVF multiple births and instead result in a singleton pregnancy.
In traditional IVF procedures, several eggs were retrieved and fertilized producing multiple embryos. eSET is the procedure by which an embryologist – who fertilizes theeggs with sperm in a controlled IVF laboratory – monitors the growth and development of the embryos and selects the optimum embryo for transfer.
Optimum Candidates for eSET
Dr. George Kofinas favors eSET and typically recommends the procedure for women who have a favorable chance of achieving pregnancy by way of IVF.
Women who are common candidates for eSET while undergoing IVF at Kofinas Fertility Institute are those patients who:
- Have achieved a successful pregnancy after undergoing an IVF procedure
- Have ovulated several eggs and have produced multiple high-quality embryos
- Have numerous cryopreserved embryos
Additionally, for women:
- Who are undergoing their first IVF procedure, and
- Who are under 35 years of age.
How Embryos are Chosen for eSET
The embryologist at Kofinas Fertility Institute is an expert in grading and selecting only the highest quality of embryo for transfer into a patient’s uterus for the most optimum chance of a successful singleton pregnancy.
The embryologist monitors the growth of each resulting embryo and grades each one according to its visual and detailed appearance.
Cells – the size and number of the embryo’s cells
Development – the rate of growth of the embryo
Clarity – rating the visual clarity of the embryo
Cell fragments – determining the presence or absence of cell fragments
The embryologist performs the grading of all embryos according to the stage of growth of the embryos
2 to 3 days after fertilization = Cleavage stage
5 to 6 days after fertilization = Blastocyst
Kofinas Fertility Institute and eSET
Dr. George Kofinas favors eSET and the embryologists at Kofinas Fertility Institute’s IVF laboratory specialize in grading the quality of each embryo before determining the highest quality single embryo to be transferred into a patient’s uterus in conjunction with the IVF process.
To receive the answers to the questions you have on eSET, contact Kofinas Fertility Institute.