Today (2 February 2018), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published a scientific impact paper that shows that government funding is the most important factor in reducing the rate of multiple pregnancies following IVF treatment.

Consultant Gynaecologist Dr Jane Stewart, Chair of the British Fertility Society said “Along with the RCOG, the BFS calls for a fairly-funded, NICE compliant service that enables the timely investigation and treatment of couples with fertility problems across the UK.  The financial benefits of running an elective single embryo transfer programme are often overlooked but this RCOG paper highlights that it could be a way to reduce the number of multiple pregnancies and the complications associated with them.

“Removing the financial pressures from patients and ensuring and encouraging best practice across the specialty is key to reducing these complications. Significant practice changes in the UK have reduced the risk of multiple pregnancy in this country, but lack of funding still drives patients to seek to complete their families in one go.”