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We, at WishABaby, believe that the true bliss of parenthood can only be experienced when the baby, as well as the parents, are completely healthy and in the pink. And, to ensure the same, health screening becomes a priority and an essential aspect. Health Screening is all the more important in case of IVF treatments as good health is directly proportional to the success rate of conception.
Hence, whether you are going ahead for the IVF treatment with sperms/eggs from your spouse or that of a donor, proper health screening of everyone involved should be given due consideration. Certain aspects of health screening that should be ideally covered, especially when you are going ahead with donor based conception, are:
Family Health History
In case you have opted to walk down the pregnancy aisle with a donated egg/sperm, it becomes important to make sure with your IVF expert that besides passing the health-tests, the donor also has a clean family health history. Some major health problems, if any, in the family tree, must be known to you, even if it was in the grandparents.
The family health scan is necessary to be known to rule out the probability of any of the following running in the family tree:
Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes, unfortunately, can’t be prevented since it is genetic, but Type 2 can, with a healthy diet and apt physical exercise.
Glaucoma: Glaucoma may have a genetic link as well, and hence it is always better to know in case the donor has a history of glaucoma. Though glaucoma can’t be completely prevented, it is better to know if it runs in the family tree so that it can be detected early and treated in time.
Malignant Melanoma: This is the most common and most critical form of skin cancer, which is known to run in the family tree. It is, hence always advised to check and ensure that the donor does not has any history of malignant melanoma in the family so that any odds can be strikeout right in the beginning.
Alzheimer’s: There always lies a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s if it runs in the family. Thus, do confirm for the screen out of the same with your IVF expert before finalizing and accepting the sperm donation.
Allergy and Asthma: Asthma and certain allergies are also known to run in families. Hence, to ensure good health of the baby, it is always better to keep a check on any such issues with the donor.
General Health Screening
The general screening basically comprises of physical examination, blood tests (including the ones to check out any existing genetic disorder, diabetes, hormonal disorders, etc.), Urine and Kidney Function Test, Complete Blood Count, Blood Pressure, as well as sexual health screening (infection testing).
It is necessary to rule out any sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV, Hepatitis, Gonorrhoea, and Chlamydia.
Genetic screening forms one of the most important aspects of health check before proceeding for IVF treatment. We are sure you would agree that it would be the best to rule out a bad gene right from the beginning. It is hence recommended to ask for a screen-out for carriage of the Cystic Fibrosis gene and other such genetic disorders for the donor before taking any further steps towards the treatment.
This involves testing of the semen from the male partner to check for the sperm count, motility, and morphology, which serves as an important aspect impacting the probability of successful conception.