pre implantation genetic screening

(8 Posts)
happyeverafterhome Sun 21-Jul-13 23:58:15

Hi
does any one know about pre implantation genetic screening? I'm 44 and thought with IVF (own eggs & sperm) if we used this method it should increase our chances of success, but I can't find out which clinic (if any), at home or abroad, has any specialist skills in this area. I don't know where to turn to for advice. I got pregnant last year, but lost it 3 months in. Really sad, but shows things could still work.. perhaps..

colafrosties Mon 22-Jul-13 19:39:12

Hello Happyeverafterhome,
Firstly very sorry to hear of your loss. I just wanted to say that I don't have experience of pre implantation genetic screening myself, but I believe they offer it at the Reprofit Clinic in Brno in the Czech Republic, where we had donor egg IVF. There doesn't seem to be a lot about it, but I saw they have PGD on their price list.
Apart from that I recommend the message boards on the fertility friends website for information (you may already be using that site)
Wishing you the best of luck x

freelancescientist Mon 22-Jul-13 20:08:44

There are a few UK clinics that offer this. CARE fertility and some of the London units. Look on the HFEA website www.hfea.gov.uk

happyeverafterhome Mon 22-Jul-13 21:11:41

thanks, especially to colafrosties for your kind words. I tried the HFEA a while back but they could not supply data for success rates for this process in my age bracket - too few have tried for them to have statistically meaningful results, apparently. I'd love to find some data for European clinics but likewise, I cant find any data. That leaves us with having to make a decision on investing emotionally in £6K+ of treatment on the basis of no independently audited data to tell us what the chances of success are - unless anyone can point me somewhere. Its frustrating and depressing and tiring.

colafrosties Mon 22-Jul-13 21:34:34

Yes I agree it's frustrating, I think all you really have to go on is what the clinics report about themselves, and what you might read anecdotally on sites such as fertilityfriends. Out of interest, have you been advised that screening might increase your chances? Just wondering as no-one at the clinics we visited mentioned it to us as a possibility to consider. Mind you, I was 45, so a bit older.

Luckystarfour Mon 22-Jul-13 21:48:48

I've used array CGH at both care and our clinic we moved to in London HSFC. But I also know city fertilty do this too.

However last round we have embryoscopy which prevented the need for Areay CGH (genetic screening) and much cheaper £500 instead of £1200 odd.

Embryoscopy vidoes every second of development in the embryos and therefore can select a lead embryo by its division and visual development.

I would only bother using embryoscopy again, as I also get concerned about the impact on the embryo - potential child when cells are taking from the embryo in array CGH.

Hope this helps.:-)

lozster Tue 23-Jul-13 05:54:26

To the best of my knowledge the Hewitt centre (Liverpool women's and the largest fertility centre in Europe) offer this. I believe it is mainly for couples with known problems. This, plus presumably the relatively small number of patients who take this up, might make any centre related data on success rate relating to the screen, meaningless. Speak to your consultant about whether this embryoscopy could increase your chances. I got so few eggs each time that for me, it would always have been a case of hobsons choice!

blueskies19 Wed 24-Jul-13 14:22:10

Hi there

Im also looking at this process and wondered if you knew which clinics carried this out in London?
Im nearly 43 and have suffered three miscarriages and now am having problems conceiving

Am due to start ivf but don't know where to go for complete chromosome screening

Im interested to hear about embrysocopy too which I had not heard about and wondered if anyone knew if this process was carried out in any of the clinics in London?

Many thanks in advance

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