18 Sep Genetic Testing and Profiling for Egg Donors
Choosing an egg donor may come with initial excitement for the start of your surrogacy journey. However, there are several aspects of this decision, beyond that of eye and hair color, that require careful consideration. It is essential that you ensure your new child is given the best opportunity for a healthy life. That’s why your choice in a sperm or egg donor should be made with a thorough understanding of your donor’s genetic testing and profiling results.
Egg donors are required to undergo several screenings for communicable diseases, a psychological assessment and a report of medical history. Each test aims to predict the hereditary risks that may be passed on to the donor’s offspring. Though genetic tests are simply conducted with with a blood or saliva sample, they may provide significant information about the predispositions your child could face.
Although it should not be used as a diagnostic tool, genetic testing and profiling helps you choose a donor with the fewest abnormalities. These tests will check for communicable diseases such as:
- Alpha and Beta-Thalassemia. These blood disorders decrease the amount of functional hemoglobin produced in one’s blood, causing anemia.
- Cystic Fibrosis. This genetic disorder famously impacts the lungs. However, it will also cause damage to the liver, kidney, pancreas, and intestines. Those who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis will experience difficulty breathing and frequent lung infections.
- Fragile X Syndrome. This disease is linked to intellectual disabilities in males with about half meeting the criteria for autism.
- Sickle Cell Anemia. This is characterized by abnormalities in the oxygen carrying properties of red blood cells. Complications include a higher likelihood of stroke and frequent infections.
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy. WIth a wide range of severity, SMA can present several complications including atrophy and muscle weakening. It is believed to be the most likely cause for infant death
- Tay Sachs Disease. This disease attacks the ends of nerve cells causing mental and physical deterioration.
Each of these diseases may shorten or significantly impair a child’s life. So, it is crucial that these are considered prior to choosing your donor. At Future Generation, we are here to assist this critical decision and guide your process with expert resources. And if you are looking to begin your surrogate of IVF journey, please reach out to us at Future Generation today! We are committed to partnering with you through this entire process.