Should a patient's own IVF physician perform the embryo transfer?

Stephanie Estes, Stacey A. Missmer, Elizabeth S. Ginsburg

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Purpose: To compare pregnancy rates of embryo transfers performed by a patient's own IVF physician to pregnancy rates of embryo transfers performed by other physicians on the IVF team. Methods: Retrospective cohort study; University hospital. Results: A total of 3029 embryo transfers were included. 434 patients (14%) had an embryo transfer by their own IVF physician. There was no difference in pregnancy rates comparing patients who had embryos transferred by a different physician than their own IVF physician when all cycle attempts were analyzed [Odds ratio (OR) 1.1; Confidence interval (CI) 0.9-1.4]. There was no significant difference between the groups' population characteristics. A subset analysis of 1st cycle only embryo transfers (n=1416) also revealed no difference in pregnancy rates [OR 1.1; CI 0.8-1.5]. Conclusions: Patients can be reassured that their chances of pregnancy are the same whether their embryo transfer is performed by their own physician or another physician in the practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2006

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Embryo Transfer
Physicians
Pregnancy Rate
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Population Characteristics
Cohort Studies
Embryonic Structures
Retrospective Studies
Pregnancy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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Estes, Stephanie ; Missmer, Stacey A. ; Ginsburg, Elizabeth S. / Should a patient's own IVF physician perform the embryo transfer?. In: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. 2006 ; Vol. 23, No. 5. pp. 235-239.
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Should a patient's own IVF physician perform the embryo transfer? / Estes, Stephanie; Missmer, Stacey A.; Ginsburg, Elizabeth S.

In: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, Vol. 23, No. 5, 01.05.2006, p. 235-239.

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