For those who are confused, PGS stands for Preimplantation Genetic Screening, and IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilization. But does PGS increase success of IVF? In short, it does actually increase its rate of success! Studies have claimed that PGS has increased, yearly, IVF’s success by 30%! But, how does it work and whether you are available for the process will depend on some things we are going to discuss right now.
- PGS: PGS is the actual study and screening of embryos and their AND with an abnormal number of chromosomes. Abnormalities in the number of chromosomes in an embryo can result in miscarriage and Edward’s or Down’s syndrome. Embryos who indeed have genetic abnormalities would not be used for transfer (IVF). This process is used to increase pregnancy rate and secure a healthy child.
There’s also the PGD process, which stands for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. When PGS is used to research and identify abnormalities in the number of chromosomes in embryos, PGD research is used to diagnose whether a hereditary disease is likely to be inherited by the embryo itself. PGD is usually recommended for those families having history with genetic disorders. PGS and PGD can done at the same time if required.
- IVF: Is when the process of fecundation is realized outside the mother’s body. IVF is the main treatment when dealing with sterility when no other methods of assisted reproduction has brought results. It implies the hormonal control of the ovulatory process, extracting one or two oocytes from the mother to allow its fecundation by spermatozoids. Then the fertilized oocyte can be transferred to the mother’s uterus to allow its development until its birth.
The process may vary depending on the person and its qualities so we highly recommend you to visit a doctor and research beforehand, but it is scientifically proved to bring results in most women.
It is also recommended for patients meeting the following circumstances:
- Being 35 or older.
- Having pregnancy history (even if miscarriages occurred)
- Failed IFV treatments.
When a woman turns 35, the chances of having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities increase greatly. Increasing the chances of pregnancy, its success rate and reducing the chances of birth defects is all possible with this method.
Usually, counseling is added to the process, but the ranges vary between $1000 to $3500 USD for IVF (These expenses include several things such as cell biopsy at the lab and the charges from the genetic testing), also, counseling may be done before and after the tests are done. Counseling is important since it will help you out with all your questions and will teach you how to deal with the process emotionally, deal with stress and everything that may come from it. Of course, is it not a meant to be a cure all for your problems but it will certainly be of help.
Prizes may also depend on the country you are living on so we highly recommend to do your own research within your area.