Selective Fetal Reduction

Selective Fetal Reduction was developed in the mid-1980s, as people in the field of reproductive health and family planning became aware of the risks that multiple pregnancies carried for the mother and for the fetuses. But in the history of reproductive health and IVF Nepal/fertility center in Nepal, Dr. Swasti Sharma is the first one to specialize in Selective Fetal Reduction.

Selective Fetal reduction is used when a mother is carrying an unsafe or undesirable number of fetuses in a multiple pregnancy, which are common in infertility treatment and medically-assisted pregnancies, in order to reduce the number of fetuses to a number that is relatively safe for the mother and the remaining fetuses.

It is also used in cases of multiple pregnancy where at least one of the fetuses is implanted outside the uterus to preserve the life of the mother and the fetus in the uterus, and when one or more of the fetuses has a serious and incurable disease.

Selective reduction is the practice of reducing the number of fetuses in a multiple pregnancy, say quadruplets, to a twin or singleton pregnancy. The procedure is also called multifetal pregnancy reduction.