Revoking License of "Octo Mom's" Doctor Reopens Discussion of Responsible Embryo Transfers
(Purchase, NY) California State’s Medical Board decision to revoke the license for five years of Dr. Michael Kamrava, the physician who famously implanted fourteen embryos in “Octo Mom” Nadya Suleman, reopens the discussion of responsible embryo transfers for IVF patients.
The American Fertility Association’s recent release of the video “How Many is Too Many? Responsible Embryo Transferring” addresses this concern. In the video, Dr. Lowell Ku of Dallas IVF, a member of the Attain Fertility® Network, explains the importance of limiting the number of embryos transferred to a woman’s uterus and how to avoid the risks associated with conceiving high order multiples. The video and fact sheet were produced by The American Fertility Association (http://theafa.org/), with funding from Attain Fertility Centers, an IntegraMed Specialty and provider of the Attain® IVF Programs.
“Many couples who struggle with infertility would welcome any kind of pregnancy, including twins,” says Dr. Ku. “However, our goal is one healthy baby at a time.” When couples choose Elective Embryo Transfer to have a child, Dr. Ku explains it’s important for couples to understand the health risks associated with conceiving twins, triplets, or greater. The complications often experienced during a multi-fetal pregnancy include:
- Pre-Term Labor
- Pre-Term Delivery
- The fetus’ inability to grow inside the uterus
- Breaking the bag of water too early
- An increased risk of fetal death, even after birth
“Revoking Dr. Kamrava’s medical license sends a great message to patients that the medical community takes these issues seriously,” says Corey Whelan, Program Director for The AFA. “Guidelines exist for elective embryo transfer that are intended to protect the health and wellbeing of both the patient and baby. We’re proud to have partnered with Attain Fertility to provide this important educational video for those considering IVF.”
The guidelines Whelan refers to are those developed collaboratively by American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) to curtail the complications expectant parents may experience during a high order multiple pregnancy.
“Ultimately, deciding upon the number of embryos to transfer should be a team decision: the couple, the physician, and the embryologists should discuss the guidelines and discuss the appropriate number of embryos to be transferred,” Dr. Ku explains. “I encourage every patient to ask their doctor if the number of embryos recommended is the responsible number of embryos for them.”
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Attain Fertility® Centers, an IntegraMed Specialty, offers the nation’s largest fertility center network, with 14 company-managed partner centers and 26 affiliate centers, comprising over 130 locations across 34 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly one of every four IVF procedures in the U.S. is performed in an Attain Fertility Centers network practice.
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About The American Fertility Association
The American Fertility Association is committed to preventing infertility whenever possible and to helping people build families of choice, particularly when faced with infertility. AFA services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and available to everyone without reservation. Contact The American Fertility Association at email@example.com, visit www.theafa.org or call 888.917.3777.