I thought I'd add my two senses in here about PGD.....I'm currently awaiting my FET cycle post fresh IVF in August in which I did PGD. I'm soooo happy I did. I'm almost 39, so despite 'outstanding' ovarian reserve numbers (as per my doc), egg quality definitely was a concern. In my fresh cycle, 20 eggs were retrieved, 18 were mature, 13 fertilized via icsi and 7 made it to blastocysts. All of the blasts were biopse for pgd and then frozen. Of the 7, 5 were abnormal and 2 were normal. Despite my age, and my 2 previous loss (I've had one miscarriage, one late term loss at 22 weeks and one live birth, my daughter Brooklyn at 39 weeks), my doctor is recommending transfering only one.
I'm thrilled we did PGD as I *know* I have two healthy, good quality blasts frozen and waiting for me. I have 2 cracks at it and I feel very confident one of my FET cycles will be successful.
Despite the extra cost (all in, it was about 7K....3K to build the tests and 4K to test my blasts) I'm certain it was the right choice for us.
Good luck with whatever you decide!!
Together since 2001
Dec 2008 - bfp!
Feb 2009 - missed miscarriage detected at 11w
Feb 2010 - bfp!
June 20, 2010 - severe brain damage detected
June 29, 2010 - DS Ryder was born at 21w5d, weighing 1lb, Passed away after 3 hours in my arms.
September 2010 - bfp!
October 2010 - autopsy and genetic testing confirm Ryder's brain damage was passed on by me, as I am a genetic carrier for the L1- Cam mutation (X-linked hydrochephalus). Has 25% chance in every pregnancy of occuring
November 2010 - CVS performed, confirmed healthy pregancy
May 5, 2011 - DD Brooklyn was born
IVF #1 (planned freeze all)
Aug 2012 - begin IVF journey in order to do PGD to avoid losing another baby to the genetic disorder.
June 2013 - PGD test is finally built and ready to go!
Aug 4 - 300iu Puregon started
Aug 8 - bloodwork/ultrasound, 25 mg ganirelex added, 20+ follicles growing
Aug 10 - bloodwork/ultraound
Aug 12 - bloodwork/ultrasound, puregon reduced to 200iu
Aug 13 - bloodwork/ultrasound, 7 follicles at 17mm+, 10 more close behind. HCG trigger tonight!
Aug 14 - final bloodwork
Aug 15 - ER, ICSI....20 eggs, 18 mature.
Aug 17 - 13 fertilized, all perfectly on track.
Aug 20 - 7 made it to blastocyst and were biopsed, sent for PGD. Praying for some to be unaffected!
Sep 3 - PGD report 2 unaffected healthy embryos!! All systems go for SET on next AF.
Sept 27 - start estrace and baby aspirin
Oct 8 - lining check ultrasound, lining 0.9 but a tiny amount of fluid
Oct 10 - lining check ultrasound, lining 0.94 but fluid still present, start progesterone
Oct 15 - third lining check ultrasound, lining 1.2, fluid is gone!
Oct 16 - transfer day!
Oct 22 - bfp at home!!
Oct 25 - 1st beta 85
Oct 28 - 2nd beta 524
Nov 14 - 1st ultrasound...One baby measured 7w2d with a heartbeat of 145. Such a relief!!!
Dec 16 - genetic counselor called with results of bloodwork....its a girl!! No chance of the genetic disorder
Dec 20 - NT scan, baby looks great, measured 12w4d
Feb 4 - next milestone, anatomy scan!