Today’s bonus episode guest is Melissa Maisenbacher, a genetic counselor at Natera.
Melissa and Heather discuss everything you need to know about PGS and PGD testing during the IVF process:
- What does PGS stand for, and what is it exactly?
- In what situations do you recommend PGS?
- Are there situations in which you do not recommend PGS, or situations in which it just isn’t necessary for success?
- What does PGD stand for, and what is it exactly?
- In what situations do you recommend PGD?
- Are there situations in which you do not recommend PGD, or situations in which it just isn’t necessary for success?
- For both PGS and PGD, approximately what percentage of “normal” embryos should a couple expect? Is there an average you see on a regular basis?
- Is there a relationship between embryo grade and chromosome normality?
Melissa wants us to keep in mind that different doctors have differing views about these genetic tests. Some doctors don’t consider the emotional cost of another loss for a struggling couple, and some are more sensitive to the couple’s emotional state. Regardless of the doctor’s view, patients need to be given all the options and allowed to choose what’s best for them.