There are a number of factors to be aware of when embarking upon the journey of pregnancy. We want to be absolutely sure that you give birth to a happy, healthy baby. This is why we are able to do a number of advanced tests and procedures to be absolutely sure of this outcome. If there are any genetic or hereditary conditions present, we need to be able to identify them and then treat them accordingly. For example, if your baby is at risk of having hereditary illnesses, we can identify and neutralize the risk. There are other factors to take into consideration and these are discussed below.
Patients preparing to undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation for cancer or autoimmune conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosis or severe rheumatoid arthritis may have concerns about their fertility. Today, many patients who survive cancer can expect to live normal and productive lives. For some, returning to a "normal" life includes having children. However, cancer treatment can potentially cause infertility or problems with reproductive organs due to the effects of medical, radiologic or surgical treatments used to combat the cancer.
Cryopreservation is the freezing of tissue for use in the future. Frozen sperm and embryos do not age. In infertility planning, cryopreservation can be used at different stages and for different reasons.
Embryo freezing has been a well-established form of assisted conception since the birth of the first baby from this process in 1984. Freezing the embryo gives couples more options in planning their family and reduces the cost of subsequent assisted pregnancies. Freezing embryos for subsequent transfer may be advised for women who are about to undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer or other diseases. Frozen Embryo Transfer effectively doubles the chances of conception, and is a far more cost effective option than a standard second cycle of In Vitro Fertilization.
Recurring pregnancy loss treatments
Recurring pregnancy loss is the occurrence of three or more consecutive pregnancy losses and occurs in 15-20 percent of all pregnancies. A pregnancy loss is defined as a clinically recognized (confirmed by ultrasound or pregnancy tissue) pregnancy that has involuntarily ended before 20 weeks. This does not mean that you are unable to bear children, and we can identify possible causes and solutions to give you the optimal solution for bearing a child. Even after having 3 miscarriages, a woman has a 60%-80% chance of conceiving and carrying a full-term pregnancy.
Women are routinely offered a variety of genetic screening tests during their first three months of pregnancy to evaluate the risk for genetic disorders in their unborn baby. The first trimester screening tests are usually done between the 10th and 13th week of pregnancy. We take every care to ensure that the baby born to you is healthy and happy.
The role of genetics in assisted reproductive technology (ART) is to optimize a couple's chance of having a healthy baby. Some forms of infertility, particularly male infertility, have a genetic basis. Couples with these forms of infertility may be at increased risk for transferring infertility to their offspring, for having a miscarriage or for having a child with a serious genetic condition. Other patients may be at increased risk for having a baby with a genetic condition based on their family history, ethnic background or age.
Genetic testing is a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person's chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder. If your child is at risk of inheriting a genetic disorder, you need to be made aware of that. We offer counselling and advice as to the way forward if this is the case.