One of the common questions we usually received from our patients during a fertility consultation is if children conceived through a fertility treatment would have more chances to suffer from future health problems or if more complications may appear during the labour due to these techniques. The answer is No: once pregnancy has been confirmed, the procedure will be exactly the same as pregnancy which was achieved naturally. Different studies have shown that the origin of embryos (whether they are fresh or frozen) does not affect this aspect. Some of the myths surrounding this topic are that babies conceived through fertility treatment are usually premature and underweight. Nevertheless, there are studies that have shown over the years that the assisted reproduction treatments do not have an impact on neither on health nor the weight of newborn children.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis for diseases that can be avoided
Instead of becoming a health problem for the future children, the assisted reproduction turns into an ally which helps prevent diseases. This is possible thanks to Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis is an additional techniques to treatments which consists of performing embryos’ genetic study before they are transferred into uterus in order to stop foetus from suffering genetic diseases which could be avoided.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis gives information about the condition of embryos before they are implanted in order to transfer healthy embryos only. This Diagnosis can be applied to the following cases:
- Couples in which the man suffers from meiotic seminal alteration.
- Couples with the risk of transmitting chromosomal disorders.
- Couples with a medical history of recurrent miscarriages.
- Couples with a medical history about repeated IVF failure (different failed attempts)