New hope for IVF comes in the form of mosaic embryos, which more and more women are opting to implant. Mosaic embryos are those that are neither fully normal or fully abnormal. Instead, they include some abnormal cells which often correct or repair themselves during gestation. While it’s a risk—one that involves miscarriage—many women are contemplating implanting mosaic embryos, especially those in their early-mid forties. We posted an earlier blog about this growing trend in infertility treatment, highlighting a New York Magazine cover story which chronicled women’s stories about getting pregnant through IVF and their decision to use embryos that showed abnormalities. You can read that article here: http://nymag.com/press/2017/09/on-the-cover-the-future-of-ivf.html
PGS testing, which we perform in our lab, helps us to determine the most viable embryos for implantation. While we prefer to use normal embryos, there are times in which opting for mosaic embryos might make sense, especially given this new research. As per all our patients, we work with you to determine the best options possible given your particular infertility and IVF issues and history. Our personalized approach will help guide you to make the best decision for you and the health of your embryos.
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