February 20, 2009

Six Embryos – How to avoid a fertility fiasco

Posted: 08:07 AM ET

Dr. Jane Miller remembers the first - and the last - time she implanted four embryos into a patient getting in-vitro fertilization.

"It was 1999, and we got triplets, and I said, 'My God, never again,' " remembers the fertility expert in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. "The human uterus is meant to carry only one at a time."

Since then, Miller says, she implants only one or two embryos; on "very, very rare" occasions she'll implant three. When she heard Nadya Suleman, the mother of octuplets in California, say her doctor had implanted six embryos, she was outraged.

Miller is not alone. Fertility experts around the country say there's never a reason to implant six embryos. It's risky, and it's way outside the scope of normal practice: Data from the Centers for Disease Control show that on average, fertility doctors implant 2.3 embryos into women under age 35.

Why, then, did Suleman's doctor implant so many embryos?   READ MORE HERE

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homer   February 20th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

Any doctor who would implant eight embros should lose his practice

Peter Pierce   February 20th, 2009 7:54 pm ET

Why is it that with all the problems we are facing today, nobody wants to address the issue of human population growth? There is a direct correlation between many of the prolems we face and human population growth. I'm afraid that if we don't open dialogue on this issue, we will be in the same boat that we are in with respect to global warming. We waited too long to start dialogue on global warming and now it might be to late.

ed,vancouver canada   February 21st, 2009 3:21 am ET

Suleman should be stripped of all her children.She is an unfit parent.
The doctor should not be allowed to touch a human again.
He can be a vetinarian and re -populate endangered species.
Then you do not have to worry about or support either of them.

Bess   February 22nd, 2009 9:45 am ET

My daughter has twins by invitro. Only two eggs were implanted. Because it is so expensive they implanted two incase it didn't take. But eight, when she already had 6 children. Three with disabilities! Why isn't that so-called doctor being investigated?? I just don't get it. 14 children in this day and age! My God, I had 5~~a home and a good husband. That was hard. I can't imagine . Those poor babies! How do we know the money send would go to the babies? More botox, nails, etc etc etc??? This is nonsense!

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