1st Cycle IVF- is 1 embryo transfer success possible?

Hi everyone, just new to the site and doing my first round of IVF (short protocol) with EC looking to be around 8th/ 9th September. I'm just looking for some advice on the 1 or 2 embryo decision. Has anyone became pregnant first cycle of ivf with only 1 embryo transferred . any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks xxx

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  • Hi stargaze89 I'm on my 2tww . That was my sec cycle . The embryologist recommend to put one but she still ask if we want one or two . I told her one and one to freeze . In my first cycle I had two put in . u wrote that is your first cycle and I do understand but what I'm trying to say that it's only need "this one "...Hun . Good luck and fingers crossed for u . Keep us updating xx

  • Thanks so much for your reply - hope your doing well during this anxious wait! Best of luck to you - fingers crossed for BFP! xxx

  • It only takes 1!! The doctor will recommend 1 or 2 usually based on your age x

  • Hi Stargaze, yeah I suppose it depends a lot on your age, as the younger you are, the higher the success rate so more likely they recommend one.

    I have had a Single ET for this, my first IVF cycle. Official test day is Wednesday so I can let you know in 2 days if it has worked with one or not! I am very hopeful. If this fails then I'll be doing FET with two embryos next time around.

  • Thanks for your reply! Oh best of luck - let me know how you get on. Fingers crossed for BFP!! Depending on the quality I think I will choose one for my first cycle and see how it goes, hopefully am able to freeze some if i'm lucky enough to have more than 1 embryo xxx

  • Hi usually your consultant would recommend 1 embryo transfer if your below a certain age. I've had 2 rounds of icsi with 1 embryo being transfered, I had got pregnant both times. Good luck xx

  • Thanks so much for your reply, got really excited reading your comment and filled me with hope! So happy for you! xxx

  • Hi, I think NHS policy is to put one in unless there is a case for two. My fresh cycle was abandoned which would have been one embryo. I then had a frozen cycle and went with two because consultant advised that two on a frozen cycle gives the same chance of success as one on a fresh cycle. I'm 21 weeks pregnant now (with one baby). As the saying goes "it only takes one". Good luck with your decision and your treatment. X

  • Thanks for your reply. So happy for you! Best of luck when your little miracle arrives!! nice hearing some positive stories, giving me a lot of strength through my process xxx

  • Hello Stargaze89,

    I am also based in Glasgow! Our first round of IVF was successful with only one embryo transferred. We made our decision based on the quality of the embryo (we had a 5 day blastocyst transferred) and also allowed ourselves to be guided by the embryologist.

    I know its tempting to go with two but we were told it doesn't double your chance of success and there are also many more risks associated with twin pregnancies which you may want to balance up!

    Best of luck whatever you decide! Try to stay positive - miracles really do happen! x

  • Hi,

    Thanks so much for your comment!

    Congratulations - That's amazing hearing you were successful first time round and with only one embryo - gives me a lot of hope (much needed just now)!

    I am leaning more towards one but just incase the quality is not so good may consider two but am scared of the risks and possible complications.

    Will wait to hear what the embryologist advise on day of transfer, fingers crossed!


  • Hi stargaze89,

    I've just undergone my 1st round of IVF and had 1 embryo transfered. Docs said due to my age (29) and quality of embryo that only 1 would be transfered..... I got a BFP so now on wait for 8 week scan (Am just over 5 weeks) I notice some places do 6 week scan but Glasgow NHS do it at 8 weeks.

    Wishing you all the best of luck ❤ xx

  • Hi,

    That's great news, Congratulations - so happy for you! Absolutely love hearing success stories, gives me a lot of hope!

    Definitely going to stick with the one embryo if i'm lucky enough for one to be of good quality

    Best of luck with when your little miracle arrives!


  • Hi Stargaze89. I think in most cases they will only transfer 1 in the first round, unless you're in your 40's or have a low chance due to bad egg quality. I'm 35 and currently 24 weeks pregnant with 1 embryo transfer (first round). Good luck!

  • Hi,

    Congratulations on your BFP! Definitely going to go with the one if its of good enough quality. Hearing all these success stories on one embryo transfer has given me a lot of hope!

    Best of luck when your little miracle arrives!


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