Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening is also known as PGS. It increases the chances of a successful pregnancy by screening for the correct number of chromosomes. Sue Haglind offers this service to her clients.
The IVF Process
In-vitro fertilization has helped many couples conceive. However, the success rate is around 40%. The technology offered by Sue Haglind greatly increases the success rate. Normally, embryos are fertilized. They are grown in-vitro for 3-5 days. Then, the “best” one to two are chosen for implantation, and the rest are frozen for later use. In the past, determining the viability of embryos relied on visual inspection, which is known as morphology.
How PGS is Done
PGS is performed by taking a biopsy of the oocyte or taking cells from the developing embryo. The cells are then evaluated for chromosomal aneuploidy, or abnormality. The abnormality occurs when there are too many or too few chromosomes. A chromosome may be repeated or missing. Sue Haglind explains that research has shown that some populations are at a higher risk for developing chromosomal aneuploidy. These include women with advanced maternal age, recurrent miscarriage, repeated IVF failure, and severe male factor.
Sue Haglind on the Benefits of PGS
PGS increases pregnancy rates by 30%. However, there are other advantages as well. PGS virtually eliminates the risk of a child being born with certain conditions that are a result of chromosomal abnormalities, including some developmental delays and birth defects. PGS also greatly decreases the risk of a miscarriage. Research states that 60-90% of first trimester miscarriages are caused by chromosomal aneuploidy. The sex of the embryo can be identified as well. This can aid couples in family planning.
Sue Haglind highlights the emotional benefits of PGS. Failed implantation takes an emotional toll, and miscarriages are very emotionally difficult. The IVF process is never an easy one, but PGS can make the process smoother by decreasing failed implantation and miscarriage. There are financial benefits as well, but they are greatly outweighed by increased peace of mind and success rates.
Sue Haglind’s PGS Recommendations
Sue Haglind believes that PGS can be beneficial for anyone who wants to increase the success of IVF. However, PGS is particularly helpful for those with risk factors.
- Maternal age over 35
- Previous pregnancies
- Previous failed IVF treatments
- Previous miscarriages
About Sue Haglind
Sue Haglind is the founder and executive director of Genetic Health Rx. The company provides several services to increase the effectiveness of medical care using genetic testing. Sue Haglind graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is also a private duty caregiver who compassionately focuses on improving her client’s quality of life.