It’s the dream of every parent to have their own child playing in their arms. But there are some couples who are unable to conceive naturally due to various factors. With the advent of medical technology, several assisted reproductive technologies has come that aid reproduction through assisted methods. In- Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is one such assisted reproduction technique.
IVF is the process of fertilization by which eggs are extracted, a sperm sample is retrieved and both are fertilized in a laboratory. The embryo formed is then transferred to the women’s uterus. A couple before opting for IVF should know its pros and cons to make the right decision.
There are several myths related to IVF, some couples believe that IVF delivers 100% successful results. You may also find some couples who are quite pessimist about IVF’s success rates. There are many issues that create a hurdle in couple’s life from experiencing parenthood through IVF. Advanced maternal age, male infertility, chromosomal abnormalities are the most common reason for repetitive IVF failures. Couples taking IVF treatment tends to go through a lot of trauma due to repetitive IVF failures. It will be quite untrue to say that these issues cannot be solved at all. With the technological era coming in, medical sciences have left no stone unturned to help patients to experience parenthood without any hurdle.
Be aware if you have a family history of genetic disorder
If a couple finds that they have a family history of the genetic disorder. They should know that their child might be at a risk of acquiring the same. When there is a mutation in the genes, there is a high risk it can be passed on to the child. Parents should be aware that the mutations are transmitted in families from generation to generation. If any member of the couple’s family has encountered any monogenic disorder like Beta Thalassemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X disorder and any other genetic disorder; then it is pertinent for them to screen the embryos before going for IVF process.
In case both partners are carriers, they can still conceive a healthy baby. They can opt for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) offered by Igenomix. It is a test that helps selection of health embryos prior to transfer.
Do you know the reason behind miscarriages?
About 50% of miscarriages are caused due to chromosomal abnormalities (also known as aneuploidies). Many birth defects are encountered due to the chromosomal abnormalities. If a woman is planning pregnancy in advanced age (35 years and above) there are chances of miscarriage due to chromosomal abnormalities as the same increases with advanced maternal age. If a couple has encountered multiple miscarriages they should consider undergoing Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) test by Igenomix. PGS screens the embryos for chromosomal abnormalities that are also one of the major reasons for repetitive IVF failures and miscarriages.
Technology is offering/providing a new ray of hope for couples opting for pregnancy
Experts recommend tests like Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) offered by Igenomix. When employed together these tests can enhance the ongoing pregnancy rates to 42.9%. These tests ensure that their child is safe from any kind of chromosomal abnormalities and genetic disorders.