The neglected emotional drawbacks of the prioritization of embryos to transfer

Gaia Spinelli, Edgardo Somigliana, Laila Giorgia Micci, Paola Vigano, Federica Facchin, Maria Giada Gramegna

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In recent years, increasing efforts have been made to develop advanced techniques that could predict the potential of implantation of each single embryo and prioritize the transfer of those at higher chance. The most promising include non-invasive preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy and artificial intelligence-based algorithms using time lapse images. The psychological effect of these add-ons is neglected. One could speculate that embarking on another transfer after one or more failures with the prospect of receiving an embryo of lower potential may be distressing for the couple. In addition, the symbolic and mental representation of an embryo with ‘lower capacity to implant’ is currently unknown but could affect couples’ choices and wellbeing. These emotional responses may also undermine adherence to the programme and, ultimately, its real effectiveness. Future trials aimed at evaluating the validity of prioritization procedures must also consider the emotional burden on the couples.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-2
Numero di pagine2
RivistaReproductive BioMedicine Online
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2023


  • Assisted reproductive technologies
  • Drop-out
  • Prioritization
  • Infertility
  • Mental representation
  • Embryo transfer


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