However, recent research conducted by fertility experts in Finland, demonstrated for the first time that in many cases, transferring a single embryo is just as likely to result in pregnancy and a live birth, in those aged 36-39 as it is in younger women. Their study indicates that it's the quality of the embryo that's more important in determining the success of IVF rather than the age of a woman. But, many American scientists don't believe that single embryo transfer is a viable option, due in part to the fact that most insurance companies do not cover the exorbitant cost of IVF which is around $10-$15 thousand dollars per treatment cycle.
"Mainstream is not ready for single embryo transfer a lot of reason being is because you do run the risk of lower percentage of implantation, lower percentage of pregnancy rates, however, I guess overseas, in Europe, IVF is mandated so they can afford it, you can afford to go through a couple of times and have the single embryo transfer but, over here a lot of expense is incurred by the patient so as time progresses, the science advances, then we will be ready," says embryologist, Eric Gonzales at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. IVF treatment starting from ovulation induction to egg retrieval to transfer takes approximately 5 weeks.