Dr. John Norian, a fertility doctor with HRC Fertility, discuses whether or not an infertility patient should use PGS genetic testing. As a physician he feels that it is his responsibility to inform his patients of all options.
New technologies are increasing IVF success rates like never before. According to Dr. Robert E. Anderson, Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine, preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) has made “incredible results” possible. PGS is the process of screening embryos to ensure they have the right number of chromosomes and to identify any structural abnormalities in the chromosomes.
Joe Francis’ girlfriend Abbey Wilson is four months pregnant with twin girls. Francis, the creator and founder of Girls Gone Wild, and Wilson, a model, are openly talking about the fact that they used in vitro fertilization (IVF) with preimplanatation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to get pregnant and choose the gender of their babies instead of trying to conceive naturally.
A recently married young couple came to see us last year for an Infertility consult with concerns regarding Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, a rare autosomal dominant genetic disorder. Her husband was diagnosed since early childhood with VHL (inherited from his father who was affected with the same genetic mutations as him). The couple was concerned and trying to find out if In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) combined with Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), could give them solace and surety of a child without VHL syndrome. Our combined objective was to obtain and select a healthy embryo for transfer into her uterus without the VHL mutation which her husband was carrying.