I've just found out I have a chromosomal issue which can be passed down in my children and need to start thinking about donor eggs and/or testing the embryos. Has anyone done either? I know nothing about either of these apart from the fact that there's a 50% chance of passing on what I carry so it's highly likely we will need to go down the donor route. Is this even a possibility in Australia or do you need to go overseas? How does it all work please?
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06-03-2014 02:51 #1
Donor eggs in Australia/Genetic embryo testing
06-03-2014 04:25 #2
I do know someone that has recently gone through this. She had her embryos genetically tested and is currently pregnant. So as far as I'm aware you can get it done in Australia via ivf however it can be expensive. She had the option is testing one embryo or about 3 or 5 which is better value but more expensive than getting one tested.
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06-03-2014 06:16 #3Member
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You can test the embryos by doing ivf with pgd. I'm pretty sure you can do this in Australia because my obstetrician mentioned this possibility to me. I'm not a genetic carrier but have D antibodies.
I have lost a baby that had a rare chromosomal issue. Hubby and I were tested to see if we carry a balanced translocation. We don't but during the wait to find out i joined a yahoo group for ppl with balanced translocations. I don't have the link but its not hard to find if you google it. Anyway a lot of their members go the ivf pgd route so it might be worth joining. They have members from around the world including Australia so you should be able to get some more info, advice, support etc from them.
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06-03-2014 13:29 #4
Thanks so much appreciate your replies
06-03-2014 13:42 #5
There is definitely hope if you want to use your own eggs or donor. We have an issue with cystic fybrosis, I'm a full carrier & my DH had a gene mutation. Our particular issue is something that can't be tested for yet. However, we looked into Genea's PGD program. If you qualify in terms of age, bmi & income & the board approves you they have a pgd assistance program. Where the full cost of the cycle is covered. They are currently lobbying the govt to try to get funding for patients who require pgd. I'm not sure where you live but it would be worth researching as I'm sure other places would do the same thing. Good luck on your journey.
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06-03-2014 19:17 #7
Thank you so much ertgirl! That's wonderful and definitely worth looking into! all the best with your journey
07-03-2014 11:10 #8
You're welcome. It can be a relief to find there are own egg options out there. Btw, we have a little 13 month old through Genea, even with a zero sperm count (my DH had a mtese). Xx
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07-03-2014 17:12 #9Senior Member
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Yes you can do it in australia & im currently pregnant because of it.
Dh has a genetic disorder with a 50% chance of being passed on. So we did ivf with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.
It takes a while though. Basically first we saw a geneticist for advice. We then went to the only ivf clinic around here that tests for single gene disorders (a lot do pgd but not many test for single gene disorders so you will have to ring around). Dh had blood samples taken, as did I, so that they could create a compatable test. They also took samples from dh's immediate family.
Dh had bloods sent interstate so that they could isolate the specific gene (they can only proceed with pgd if they are able to find it).
All the samples then went to melbourne for creation of the specific genetic test.
We did a normal ivf cycle but they pushed my ovaries pretty hard so that they had enough to test. I got 24 follicles, around half we free of the genetic disorder & then 7 of those survived to 5 days. So we had 1 transferred & 6 frosties.
The pgd testing has a 98% success rate but we decided those were much better odds than 50%. Due to this you can have amniocentesis to determine 100% that the baby is free of the disorder. We have decided not to as we would never abort anyway & we feel as though we have given bubs the best chance possible & what will be will be.
Hope that helps!
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08-03-2014 18:38 #10
Thanks so much heartstringz for that detail I was really wondering about the process! That's really helpful!
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