What is genetic testing? An interview with Dr. Susanna J. Park
Stressing out about not getting pregnant and want fast answers and quicker solutions? Learn about genetic testing and what it can tell you in my interview with Dr. Park.
Genetics are a contributing factor in up to 10 percent of couples experiencing infertility. Genetic testing has the potential to help many couples on their fertility journeys.
But what is genetic testing?
Genetic testing looks into your DNA and can reveal any gene mutations that could cause illness, disease or be restricting your ability to get pregnant altogether.
In this exclusive interview, Dr. Susanna J. Park explains the uses of genetic testing, the two categories of genetic testing (DNA mutation and chromosome number) and when and why couples should get it done.
Main talking points:
- Genetic testing categories – 0:00
- How it’s tested and what the results mean – 3:23
- Should you or shouldn’t you get genetic testing? – 4:24
- Chromosome testing/ What is aneuploidy? – 5:44
- Non-invasive prenatal testing – 8:16
- Gender selection – 9:25
- Medical reasons to get genetic testing – 9:52
Dr. Susanna J. Park (M.D) spent the first 10 years of her career as a fertility physician at Columbia University in New York City – considered to be one of the leading IVF programs in the United States.
She joined the San Diego Fertility Center in 2012 where she combines her extensive experience as an infertility physician with personal care. In 2017, Dr. Park was named top doctor by the San Diego County Medical Society in San Diego magazine.
IVF and testing support
Preimplantation genetic testing is performed before the embryo transfer stage of your IVF.
Couples opt in for this testing as it helps to increase the chances of selecting a healthy embryo that will therefore develop into a healthy baby.
If you’re undergoing IVF, or thinking about it (and wondering if genetic testing is necessary for you) then The Fertility Expert team can help with that – and we’d love to hear from you.
Have you considered joining an IVF Group for couples preparing for a successful IVF? In the Conquering IVF Group, you will receive the support of an expert on the various stages of your treatment, working alongside a group of likeminded people.
The group is designed to give you all of the information that’s often missing throughout IVF treatment, which leads to it taking much longer and becoming more difficult.