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Fakih IVF is the only IVF center in the Middle East with an in-house PGD Lab.

PGD, also known as “embryo screening”, is a test performed on a few cells from the embryo in order to identify the gender and to check for any chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome and Edward's Syndrome. Couples have the added benefit of knowing that healthy embryos have a higher chance of surviving in the uterus and are associated with a lower risk of miscarriage.

What are the steps involved in PGD for Family Balancing?

An IVF cycle with PGD for Family Balancing takes place over 21-25 days. The timeline below is an approximation of your IVF journey. Your journey may vary by one to three days for each of the following events.

  1. On day 2 or 3 of the menstrual cycle, fertility medications are prescribed to stimulate the growth of multiple follicles (which will become eggs) in the ovaries.
    During this time, follicular growth and hormone levels are monitored through ultrasound scans and blood tests and medication doses are changed as needed.
  2. 36-40 hours before the scheduled Egg Retrieval, a timed hCG shot, also known as a “trigger shot”, is administered to ensure ovulation takes place within a scheduled time frame.
    The number of eggs retrieved depends on how the body has reacted to the medication.
    The eggs are retrieved using a thin ultrasound-guided needle to reach the ovaries during a 15 minute procedure done under sedation. Afterwards, there may be slight discomfort similar to that of a heavy period which may last around 2 days.
  3. On the day of Egg Retrieval, a semen sample is taken to fertilize the retrieved eggs. To increase chances of fertilization, an embryologist injects a single sperm into each egg using a precision needle in a method called Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).
  4. 3 – 5 days after eggs are retrieved and fertilized, a small biopsy is taken from each embryo to be tested through PGD to determine the health and gender of each embryo. The healthy embryos of desired gender are transferred to the uterus.
  5. The embryo transfer takes about 15 minutes and is painless. Following the procedure blood tests will be used to track hormone levels and confirm any pregnancy.

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  • “My baby Mara just turned 1 last January 04, 2014. Again, thanks to Dr. Fakih and his team, most especially to Dr. Monika. May GOD bless you even more. May He continue to guide you as you perform treatments to other patients. We are so happy that GOD gave us a beautiful baby with the help and effort of your team. Cheers and more power!”

  • “Tiny yawns and sleepy sighs, nursery rhymes and lullabies. A brand new life has just begun, oh, what fun to have a son! I would like to share the biggest happiness of my life, Alhumdullilah, I am blessed with a cute baby boy. I would like to thank the full staff of Fakih IVF, all doctors and nursing staff especially Dr. Michael Fakih, Dr Amal, Henrietta, Randa and Madona.”

  • “Dear Dr. Fakih and Dr. Monika we would like to thank you and your staff for your great Job in getting our Jeffrey Li. He was born at 23/11/2013. God bless you all. Best warm regards Wolfgang and Manqiu.”

  • “Thank you very much for your work!!!You have no idea how good you are doing to people!!! I am personally very grateful to you! I wish you health and happiness! And today I am very happy to come back to you because I want another miracle!!!”

  • “We are blessed with a baby boy! We thank you all for bringing happiness and joy to our life. It was a long and difficult 10 years wait. It is because of your efforts, care and guidance, there is now light in our life. We sincerely appreciate your efforts and thank you all from the bottom of our heart. We wish and pray that God be with you and you continue to spread happiness in the lives of couples like us.”

  • “We can never thank you enough for our little miracle. We had a wonderful experience with the clinic and we loved and looked forward to every single visit. The staff felt like family and treated us with kindness and so much love. Thank you so much. All the best for you and your family. God bless you!”

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