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    between us

    Hi Doc, we’re a straight couple with multiple IVF cycles failed and now we’re moving on to surrogacy. Almost every person I’ve spoken to has included PGD in their IVF Surrogacy cycle to examine their embryos in the search of genetic abnormalities. Wondering if this is necessary in all cases or if it’s just an optional decision of the IPs… If it’s not mandatory, we believe we don’t wanna do it – it’s really expensive and we don’t need it! It’s a waste of money in my opinion…

    10/10/2017 at 09:54
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    Sandra F.
    Surrogacy Specialist


    Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a technique that is typically used when there’s a high chance for genetic abnormalities or diseases to be present in the embryo due to multiple reasons, including repeated implantation failure (RIF), family history of genetic diseases, genetic abnormalities in the gametes (egg and sperm), etc.

    In spite of that, some professionals perform PGD in all embryos, irrespective of whether there exists a particular reason why the embryos are genetically affected. The goal is to ensure that the embryos are free from genetic diseases or abnormalities, thereby choosing only healthy embryos for the IVF transfer. However, in my opinion, opting for PGD in all cases by default can reduce the number of embryos to transfer and therefore the chances of getting pregnant.

    For this reason, if there’s no evidence of genetic abnormalities, PGD is unlikely to be needed. In other words, there’s no reason why you have to include it in your treatment cycle.

    I hope I have been able to help,

    Best regards

    10/11/2017 at 11:35
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