Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET)

Elective single-embryo transfer (eSET) offers prospective parents the best chance at reducing multiple pregnancies during In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The eSET procedure is performed on an elective basis often when multiple embryos are available. eSET is one of the many options we offer at San Diego Fertility Center to help create a customized fertility treatment plan for each and every patient.

What is elective single-embryo transfer (eSET)?

Patients who choose eSET will have only one embryo placed into the uterus rather than two or more. The procedure is performed during the Day 3 multicell embryo stage or during the Day 5/6 blastocyst stage. To perform eSET, the embryologist will grade each available embryo according to its overall appearance, number of cells and quality. The highest quality embryo is selected and placed into the uterus in the hopes of achieving a pregnancy.

Why choose elective single-embryo transfer (eSET)?

The primary reason to select eSET is to reduce the risk of multiple births. In the United States, about 30 percent of IVF pregnancies result in twins, with another three to four percent result in triplets. Multiple pregnancies can not only be unexpected for parents, but they also increase the risk of complications for the fetus and the mother.

Is eSet right for me?

Many patients who are healthy and of younger maternal age (less than 35 years old) may choose to use eSET when undergoing IVF. You may be a good candidate for eSET if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are younger than 35 years of age or are using an egg donor
  • You have had success with previous fertility treatments
  • You have produced a high number of high quality, healthy embryos

How much does eSet cost?

Elective Single Embryo Transfer cycle costs are $10,000 - $12,000.