I read a lot here that people would not try to conceive a child if one or the other had a genetic disorder. There is a way to rule it out & have a child free of that genetic disorder. It is called Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.
Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD or PIGD) refers to genetic profiling of embryos prior to implantation (as a form of embryo profiling), and sometimes even of oocytes prior to fertilization. PGD is considered in a similar fashion to prenatal diagnosis. When used to screen for a specific genetic disease, its main advantage is that it avoids selective pregnancy termination as the method makes it highly likely that the baby will be free of the disease under consideration. PGD thus is an adjunct to assisted reproductive technology, and requires in vitro fertilization (IVF) to obtain oocytes or embryos for evaluation.
The term pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) is used to denote procedures that do not look for a specific disease but use PGD techniques to identify embryos at risk. PGD is a poorly chosen phrase because, in medicine, to "diagnose" means to identify an illness or determine its cause. An oocyte or early-stage embryo has no symptoms of disease. They are not ill. Rather, they may have a genetic condition that could lead to disease. To "screen" means to test for anatomical, physiological, or genetic conditions in the absence of symptoms of disease. So both PGD and PGS should be referred to as types of embryo screening.
The procedures may also be called preimplantation genetic profiling to adapt to the fact that they are sometimes used on oocytes or embryos prior to implantation for other reasons than diagnosis or screening.
So just because you are a carrier does not mean your child will have the disorder as well.
I have had this procedure done myself. It works.
Did you know this existed? I know some of you will say it is Gods will, don't fool with nature etc. but unless you had an issue you can't really rule out this option. Why would you? Cost aside.
I am going anon just for privacy reasons.
Asked by Anonymous at 1:47 PM on Jun. 11, 2013 in Trying to Conceive
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