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What is comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS)?

It is a term for technology to see if an embryo had a normal genetic makeup in order to have a successful pregnancy and delivery. They can accurately look at all of the chromosomal pairs. It can detect whether the embryo has the correct number of chromosomes. It is a much safer procedure where embryologists only remove a few cells. Dr.

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Who should do PGD with IVF?

Pre Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is when reproductive endocrinologists check for genetic disorders. A patient who is interested in preventing a genetic disorder that they know they have a trait for PGD seems as a logical choice. For patients who are infertile, in order to have PGD done we should see a benefit. PGD can decrease the chance of a miscarriage and increase the chance of a successful transfer. Dr.

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What genetic abnormalities can PGD identify?

PGD can be used to identify a variety of abnormalities. It can be used to identify genetic and chromosomal abnormalities as well as translocation of a gene. These abnormalities are what can cause recurrent miscarriages and not viable embryos. Also, it can be used as a preventative measure for future termination of the pregnancy. If embryologists can select a non-viable emrbyo before the transfer, it can decrease the chances of a more difficult pregnancy for the woman. Dr.

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What are advantages of PGD and genetic testing with IVF?

With genetic testing, you have a higher chance of a more viable embryo being transferred. With the technology that we have available today, embryologists are able to detect chromosomal abnormalities of the embryos. Genetic testing increases the chances of conceiving from 40%-50% to 60%-70%. This is almost a twenty percent increase of the transfer being more successful with genetic testing done. Dr.

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How is genetic testing done with IVF?

The positive outcome for genetic testing during IVF treatment is a higher success rate of the implantation of the embryo. Fertility doctors select the most viable embryo and recommend a single embryo transfer to decrease the chance of multiple pregnancies. This will ensure a safer pregnancy and higher success rate. Highly trained medical professionals will select the most viable embryo based on a variety of factors. Dr.

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Are there risks with egg freezing?

Some women are concerned with the risks of egg freezing. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is one potential risk that can occur due to the stimulation of the ovaries with fertility medications. It is around less than 1% of women that are affected by this syndrome. There are the same risks that go along with any minor surgery, but they are very minimal. Dr.

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How successful is egg freezing?

The chances of having a child decreases with age. Fertility preservation allows for women to have an insurance policy for their fertility. A women preserving her eggs will allow her eggs to be the same as they were when frozen to when she uses it in the future for her transfer. The new process of vitrification maintains the viability of the egg. Dr.

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Can women freeze eggs before cancer treatment?

Women need to be aware that cancer treatment that involves radiation and chemotherapy can be toxic to their ovaries. Fertility preservation can be a solution to this concern for many women. Depending on the diagnosis of the cancer, women may still be able to retrieve their eggs prior to undergoing any cancer treatment. Dr. David Cohen from Institute for Human Reproduction explains.

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What is the egg freezing process?

The egg freezing process takes a total of around 2 months from the initial consultation to the final step of the egg retrieval. The first month consists of meeting with the reproductive endocrinologist and having appropriate blood work and testing done prior to administering the medications. Monitoring and medications can take up to two weeks. Following this, the egg retrieval is done. Dr.

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How many eggs should I freeze for fertility preservation?

A frequent question the patients who undergo egg freezing ask is the amount of eggs that is necessary for a successful pregnancy. On average 15 eggs is a sufficient amount to yield a a good embryo and potentially yield a successful pregnancy for the future. Fertility preservation can be seen as an insurance policy for a women's fertility. It is available for her if she finds it difficult to conceive naturally in the future. Dr.

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