Egg donation in Malaysia - Beware lack of rigorous genetic screening of Egg Donor (blood sample) and being pushed to do expensive PGS / PGT-A

In USA, Europe and Australasia, there are rigorous and high standards for genetic screening of prospective Egg Donors (blood sample), before they are even allowed to donate, which largely negate the requirement for recipient patients to use expensive preimplantation genetic screening ( PGS / PGT-A ) to check for potential genetic defects in embryos.

Unfortunately, such rigorous high standards are often not followed by IVF clinics in Malaysia. Instead of genetic testing of the donor's blood sample, patients are strongly encouraged and pushed to opt for more expensive PGS or PGT-A to check for potential genetic defects in embryos. This constitutes an "extra hidden costs" element for overseas egg donation in Malaysia. So when IVF clinics in Malaysia quote a relatively cheap price for egg donation compared to Western countries, Singaporean patients must not forget to factor in the high costs of doing PGS / PGT-A.


A blood sample contains thousands of white blood cells, from which an abundant amount of DNA genetic material can be extracted. By contrast, only a few cells and tiny amount of DNA are extracted from the embryo during PGS (biopsy procedure). This makes it technically simpler and much cheaper to do genetic screening of the Egg Donor's blood sample, as compared to genetic screening of embryos with PGS / PGT-A.

Practice guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (www.asrm.org), American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (www.ACMG.net), and American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (www.ACOG.org) recommend screening prospective Egg Donors (blood sample) for common genetic defects such as Cystic Fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Sickle Cell Disease, Alpha and Beta Thalassemia, and Tay-Sachs Disease. In some egg donor agencies or IVF clinics based in Western countries, egg donors may have had their chromosomes tested via high resolution karyotype, and screened for close to 300 genetic disorders.

Please see the high rigorous standards for genetic screening of Egg Donors (blood sample) in Western countries, by clicking on the following links:





Expert opinion by American fertility specialists that highly-expensive PGS (PGT-A) is not necessary for egg donation:


 
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Dear Timuraswip,

If you think what I am saying is false or untrue, please reply on my blog and argue why you think these are untrue, rather than calling for the moderator.

The website links that I provided are related to reputable foreign fertility doctors and IVF clinics in Western countries.

Please do understand that there are people with commercial interests who may want to suppress what I have to say about Egg Donation and IVF treatment overseas. For example, employees of some foreign egg donor agencies and foreign IVF clinics, who are having Singaporean patients.

Respectfully, if you sincerely think what I am saying is really untrue, please kindly reply with a rebuttal or argument.


Otherwise, I am not promoting any product or services. Some of the links that I provided above may direct to fertility clinics or egg donor agencies in Western countries. But this is purely for reference, to inform prospective patients that egg donors in Western countries are required to undergo rigorous genetic screening of their blood sample, which is often absent in egg donation programs in Malaysia.

Do think about this: Why is the Singapore government (MOH) so strict in restricting embryo genetic testing (PGS or PGT-A), whereas it is so freely available in Malaysia?

The people at our Singapore MOH are some of the brightest and most well-informed people in the country - highly-educated doctors with several years of professional experience. If such intelligent people think that it is OK to severely restrict practice of PGS in Singapore, surely they must see danger ahead and risks of patient exploitation.

Or else if PGS is so useful and beneficial to IVF patients, why would such responsible and professional doctors at MOH want to deliberately hinder it's widespread application in Singapore?
 
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PGS procedure may risk harming the embryo. Please refer to the following website links.

Experts have pointed out that studies claiming no ill effects to embryos are often based on PGS of excellent-quality, healthy, robust embryos rather than more “delicate” embryos that might suffer more.

If you have just one or two embryos, you might decide it’s not worth the risk.



 
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You can ask your egg donor agency to privately arrange genetic testing of the egg donor's blood sample, instead of doing much more expensive PGS / PGT-A (embryo genetic testing) at the IVF clinic.

Here are the contact information of various DNA-testing companies in the greater KL region:

Genomix Lab
Email:
[email protected]
Website address: www.genomixlab.com
Address: No. 47-3A, Level 3, Jalan PJU 5/12
Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor DE, Malaysia
Tel: +603 6157 2299

Map My Gene Sdn. Bhd.
Email:
[email protected]
Website address: https://mapmygene.com/contact-us/
Address: #05-16 Sunway Velocity,
Designer Office, Jalan Peel,
Kuala Lumpur 55100, Malaysia
Tel: +65-9028-9745 (Singapore telephone number)

Gribbles Pathology Malaysia
Email:
[email protected]
Website address: Address: 2nd Floor, Wisma Tecna
18A, Jalan 51A/223
46100 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel: +603 78417752

PrimaNora
Email:
[email protected]
Website address: Address: B1-13, TTDI Plaza,
Jalan Wan Kadir 3,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
Tel: +603 7728 2886

DNA Laboratories Sdn Bhd.
Email:
[email protected]
Website address: http://www.dna-laboratories.com
Address: B1-3 & B1-4, Block Plasma, UKM-MTDC Technology Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43650 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: +603-8925 2700
 

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