IVF: is the number of multiple births decreasing?

Publié le : 6 December 2013

 According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and conducted by Dr. Eli Adashi, Professor of Gynaecology at Brown University, the number of multiple births following in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) appears to be waning.  From the scientists’ perspective, however, several factors could limit these efforts, namely "competition between fertility clinics" on the one hand, that "might encourage them to use several embryos to increase the chances of success", and "the high cost of these treatments" on the other hand, which "may also encourage families to increase their chances of success in a one-off procedure". Finally, "greater acceptance of multiple births and of the risks to mother and children could […] promote the use of several embryos". 

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