Over the 40 years since in vitro fertilization (IVF) first produced a baby, doctors and scientists have discovered many improvements that have steadily increased the rate of successful births for IVF patients and slowly decreased the incidence of miscarriage. And now, there has been a recent discovery: a new method of testing embryos for genetic issues, called Preimplantation Genetic Testing. It promises to lead to even more healthy pregnancies and babies for parents who rely on IVF.
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell disease is a relatively common genetic disorder – around one in 10 African-Americans is a carrier for the sickle cell trait. Other groups can carry sickle cell trait as well, including Hispanics, Caribbean, South Americans, Central Americans, and those from certain parts of Europe, including Italy and Greece. In addition to working with patients who carry the sickle cell trait, fertility clinics can also work with patients who have sickle cell disease. It’s also important to note that advancements in the field of genetic testing have made it possible for sickle cell carriers to avoid passing on the condition to their children.