No more Octomoms.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is revising its fertility guidelines in an attempt to reduce multiple births in mothers who undergo infertility treatments, the organization announced in a news release.
For the first time in 10 years, the society has revised its recommendations on the number of embryos that are allowed to be transferred into a woman’s uterus during in vitro fertilization procedures.
Under the new guidance, doctors would “only use one more embryo than called for in patients whose prognosis is less optimistic.”
The guidelines also stipulate that doctors must advise patients on the risks of carrying several fetuses.
This latest revision is our most recent effort to help our members provide their patients with the best, safest care possible," said Dr R. Dale McClure, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, in a statement.