(Closed) One embryo or two – please weigh in!

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
14985 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ahh, one of the many million dollar IVF questions.  We had been debating this as well.  In fact, I had been debating 2 or 3 for my FET next week.   Ultimately, we decided 2 (none PGS test) and didn’t want to risk triplets even though chances that all 3 are genetically normal is pretty low.  I (right or wrong) see twins as fairly low risk, or with risks I am willing to take considering I think my chances of even twins is low with two untested embryos.  I think that is a very personal question that only you could answer though.  Will you have your PGS results by the time you transfer?  Will you be transering known normal embryos?  If known normal, I think I would be more inclined to do a SET.

Post # 4
3682 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My sister is right around your age. She’s done three IVF cycles:

1. Transferred one embryo – no pregnancy

2. Transferred two – one implanted,one baby born

3. Transferred two – one implanted, one baby born





Post # 5
1800 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Personally I would go with the 2 embryos. My partner is an identical twin (i realise yours would be fraternal) and they are best friends. It’s such a unique and beautiful relationship to watch. They were born 7 weeks early weighing 3 pound each but had no health problems and are strong healthy men and were only really smaller than other kids till they were about 6 months. my best friends also recently had fraternal twins naturally, she carried to term and has the most cheekiest and gorgeous 1 year old girls now. ultimately it’s your decision but I would go with 2 and just hope I get pregnant, twins would be a bonus for me.

Post # 6
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It really is such a personal decision and you have to go with your gut and what feels best to you and your Darling Husband. From reading your post, I feel like your gut is to just transfer one. 

Will you be able to freeze? If you transfer 1 and aren’t successful you could still do a FET which always made me feel a little better. 

We transferred 2 with a 3 day transer (though I would have done 2 with a 5 day transfer as well) and now testing and I’m now pregnant with a singleton. 

Either way, good luck! Find a place where you’re comfortable with your decision because you can’t blame yourself down the road no matter what happens. 

Post # 7
98 posts
Worker bee

I had twins not through IVF (so i probably shouldnt weigh in but i will) My pregnance was difficult but only on me. I was in a hospital where lots of twins were born and they were all healthy. 

There is a chance you may have twins but if i do decide to have another child I would really like to have twins. Its a blessing. Triplets or above can be health hazardous to the babies but my doctors were never too worried about the pregnancy. I think you should go for it.

You might get two miracles instead of one. I wish you every success in this journey please keep us updated )

Post # 8
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Ugh, such a tough decision!  My RE also transfers two as a standard, but we’re not sure we want to do that.  I have two friends expecting twins right now, both via IVF with two embryos transferred.  We decided with our surrogate to only transfer one if we have a super-high-quality embryo available.  If they’re not top-quality, we’ll transfer two.  Unfortunately, there’s just not an easy answer.  Good luck! 🙂

Post # 9
3999 posts
Honey bee

My RE will not transfer more than one unless you are over 35 or there is some medical reason to do it. I personally plan to only transfer one, but if we have to repeat the process multiple times, would then consider doing two. One of the reasons I really pause on doing two is that I have a coworker who transferred two, and both implanted and one turned into identical twins. Her body couldn’t support carrying triplets (not sure exactly what happened) and she ended up delivering them early and lost them all. It was horribly sad and really gives me pause. I think its safer to go with just one on the first round, but it really is a personal decision!

Post # 10
14985 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

independencewave:  That is weird.  Seems pretty logical that tranfering tested good embryos would be a higher chance than non tested ones!  Another weird statement I’ve heard is “tranfering more than 1 doesnt increase the chance of pregnancy, just the chance of multiples”…. like… huh!?

Post # 11
1439 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’ve never done IVF but I know that in New Zealand they will not transfer two embryos unless there is a specific medical reason.  You might also want to have a look at a blog called “Baby Making Merry Go Round”, the author is a former WB member who transferred two embryos which then split and resulted in four babies which she then went on to selectively reduce (the remaining singleton was a micro-prem baby born at 24ish weeks). I’m not trying to scare you and it is such a personal decision but I think her story is well worth a read. Good luck with however you proceed!

Post # 12
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you’re doing PGS testing I would absolutely transfer 1. Go listen to the very first Beat Infertility podcast and I think you will just do 1. I’ve heard too many stories of stillborn twins to be risky. Plus, your chances of pregnancy are actually higher if you transfer one at a time over 2 cycles vs putting in both at once. 

Post # 13
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

As someone who went through fertility treatment and is currently pregnant with two healthy fraternal boys…I would say do 2. Twin pregnancies are hard, I stopped work at 26 weeks (currently 28 weeks) and my hips and back hurt all the time but I wouldn’t change it for anything! And seeing as the chance of twins in your case is the least likely scenario I would say go for it. Your twins would each have their own amniotic sac and placenta which is the safest way to carry twins. Good luck and hopefully whatever you decide you will end up with a happy and healthy baby (or babies) in the end!

Post # 14
849 posts
Busy bee

independencewave:  I think one is less risky than 2. I don’t know how likely it is, but there is also the possibility of one of the embryos splitting in utero and producing an unexpected addition!

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