Following my hit post on options for AS genotype couples, I’ve got a lot of questions and comments demanding information, medical options, alternatives or strategies for AS couples in Nigeria to have Sickle-Cell-Free children. So I’ve been making inquiries at fertility clinics.
Your Options as an AS Genotype Couple
Discovering what our options were was difficult for me because the information is so dispersed, online and in real life. This post is your one-stop to answering the burning question “What do we do now? What are our options”. It’s a long one but I promise it’ll be worth your while.
Your Options as an AS Genotype Couple – Adoption
Edited by the Chocoholic Girl 4. Adoption Child Adoption is still viewed with a lot of skepticism in most Nigerian families primarily because of the strong believe in a biological connection to be called ones child. Preferring the blood of my blood” or mini-me, most Nigerian men and women would just rather not explore this…
Your Options as an AS Genotype Couple – No Children
Edited by the Chocoholic Girl 6. No Children Yes, I know this is the road least travelled but a road none the less. Very rarely will an African couple opt to remain together and not have any kids at all. Love is hardly that serious for most Nigerians and in fact it is safe to…
Your Options as an AS Genotype Couple – Conclusion
Edited by the Chocoholic Girl In conclusion, let me emphasise that I am not a medical personnel or any type of expert in the medical field. The information gathered in this post is based on years of research invested into try find a way around the genotype dilemma. That said, whichever option you and your…
Your Options as an AS Genotype Couple – Have Faith
Edited by the Chocoholic Girl 5. Have Faith Well, I’ve heard many tales about people who prayed and fasted and God changed their genotype to AA. That didn’t work for me. There are couples who defied Option 1 above and couldn’t afford any of the others but believed that God will give them healthy children…
Your Options as an AS Genotype Couple – Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
Edited by the Chocoholic Girl 3. Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) involves checking the genes and chromosomes of embryos created through IVF (invitro fertilization). The procedure involves undergoing normal invitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment to collect and fertilize your eggs. The eggs are fertilised in the lab with your partner’s sperm. After 2…
Your Options as an AS Genotype Couple – Prenatal Diagnosis
Edited by the Chocoholic Girl If you are already pregnant or simply can’t afford Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) which we will discuss next, this is may be for you. 2. Prenatal Diagnosis Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) This is a prenatal test where your baby’s health is checked using your placenta sample, taken through your vagina…
Your Options as an AS Genotype Couple – Break Up
Edited by the Chocoholic Girl 1. Break Up You probably don’t want to hear this but I have to tell you this first. “If you love her, you have to leave her.” This is often most easily recommended, particularly by those who have never had to do it. It is presumably easier to find someone…
Funding Research For A Cure to Sickle Cell Disease
Being AA genotype is now a bragging right online, up there with light-skinned and able to cook. #WifeMaterial. If you are unfortunately a carrier or have the disease, “You must marry AA genotype oh, or your children will be dying”.
Tips to Achieving 10k Steps A Day
Lots of Health organisations including the UK National Obesity Forum, America Heart Association and notably, the Japanese Ministry of Health (the first to propose this number), have recommended 10,000 as the magic number of steps an individual needs daily to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
6 Reasons to Walking For Weight Loss
Exercising regularly is the most recommended way to lose weight and stay healthy. “Workout at least 30 minutes every day” they say, but let’s be honest, exercising is hard, the results are frustratingly slow and it is near impossible to do it every day.
Why You Should Read More
Honestly, I’m surprised by this statistic. Our reading culture in Nigeria ends after Comprehension in English Language and the compulsory Secondary School Literature books, or effectively after we “pass exam”. Afterwards, its Facebook Feed, Twitter Timeline or just the monthly pay-slip.