The recent outbreak of infections with the novel coronavirus has been naturally a source of concern for many of our existing and prospective patients. Due to the uncertainty as to the course of this outbreak many patients expressed their wish to pursue fertility treatment despite the concern. The following advice is aimed at reducing anxiety and guiding existing and prospective patients so that they can access fertility care safely.
Today, the process of donating your eggs and helping other women overcome fertility challenges has never been easier. However, some criteria may prevent a woman from donating. Dr. Malini Uppal, a fertility specialist in Central London, tells us who is suitable to donate, how they retrieve the eggs during the procedure and walks us through the initial steps of the donation process.
Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) also known as Preimplantation Genetic Testing - Aneuploidies (PGT-A) refer exactly to the same thing, to the same technology. PGS is an embryo selection tool that can be used in infertility treatment. PGT-A is the newer nomenclature but both PGS and PGT-A are used interchangeably and refer to the exact same thing.
Managing emotions is a key part of going through fertility challenges. Research shows that a significant number of people going through fertility treatment feels anxious, depressed, or suicidal. This is related to not having their reproductive goals met, ongoing loss and grief, coping with uncertainty, feeling social pressure, amongst other reasons. It is also known most people underestimate the upheaval of fertility treatment and emotional distress is the number one reason for people to stop treatment.
For all these reasons, emotional support during fertility treatment is really important. Support is available in multiple ways and one size does not fit all!