Having a baby is a great source of joy for one and all. Unfortunately for us, modern living and its conveniences come with a heavy price tag. Infertility is much more common today thanks to the heavy toxins, life style and food habits. Medically infertility is described as the inability to conceive after six months of unprotected intercourse. Both partners undergo appropriate tests to determine the cause of infertility which is then treated. Assisted pregnancy options like IVF are the chosen methods by many such couples. Couples who opt to use assisted reproductive technology (ART) have the advantage of ensuring that embryos with genetic abnormalities are not implanted in the uterus through PGD treatment.
Testing for Genetic Abnormalities
Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) technique is a highly successful method in which Chromosomes or DNA from 2-3 days old embryos are tested for genetic abnormalities and only unaffected embryos are implanted in the uterus ensuring a baby without any abnormal genetic conditions. The same method can also be used for gender selection and is has legal validity for couples who are going in for a second baby under the family balancing concept. Thus parents with one child can apply to the IVF centre for selecting the sex of the second baby through PGD. Adopting sex selection helps ensure a healthy balance in the ratio between males and females.
Legal Validation for Sex Selection
PGD treatment for sex selection is gaining popularity especially as Cyprus laws give legal validity to this method and allow second time parents to choose the gender of their offspring before implantation. This ensures a balanced sex ratio as well as offspring who are free from genetic defects. Single gene defects, chromosomal abnormalities and sex-linked conditions can be determined through PGD. Thus parents opting for PGD and sex determination can ensure that abnormal embryos are avoided during implantation. In fact, this breakthrough technique can be called a step towards a genetically strong population and an important step towards the eradication of genetic diseases.
Advantages of Pre-Natal Genetic Diagnostic Treatment
There are many genetic diseases for which cures have not been found or those that require long term treatment and often involve medicines that have adverse effects. Through genetic diagnosis, embryos carrying such genes can be identified and such diseases prevented. An easy and stress free alternative to prenatal diagnosis as well as the risk of miscarriage associated with such testing. PGD Treatment in UK is recommended to avoid termination of pregnancy in instances where the fetus is diagnosed with genetic problems. This is also an opportunity for parents who wish to have biological children free from genetic diseases in the family and do not wish to adopt or use donated embryos.