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Preimplementation Genetic Diagnosis in Nigeria: An Option for AS Genotype Couples

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.

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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.

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Movie Review: Tyler Perry’s Acrimony

hen she said “I gave him everything, and I was everything he needed me to be” I knew I had to see this movie. This is another one with our favourite girl Taraji P Hanson, and she had me feeling all kinds of ways in this movie, and I’m not even sure how to articulate this.

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Movie Review: 50 Shades Freed…Indeed

Movies as a form of entertainment are often designed to evoke emotion; make you think, laugh, have a good cry or even induce an anxiety attack. Some do this so well, you watch and you just can’t wait to tell everyone about it. However, there are those you struggle through and finally make sense of it at the end. And then, there is 50 Shades Freed.

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Book Review: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Released on October 3, The Sun and Her Flowers offers perspective on a lot of sensitive aspects of a woman’s personal life; love, loss, heartbreak, trauma and motherhood, and controversial circumstances in Indian society which include culture, feminism, and immigration. As is obvious from her name, Rupi Kaur is an Indian woman who emigrated with her parents to Canada when she was four.

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My Maid of Honour Toast

Having been a member of the Toastmasters Club, I like to think that writing and giving toasts are right up my alley. However, putting this together and delivering it proved to be more challenging than I had anticipated. First, my friend drives me crazy half the time and writing this, I realised that I took a lot of her amazing qualities for granted.

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My Bestfriend’s Wedding

Anytime I expressed my happiness and excitement for her there was always someone there to compare our personal lives and tell me to “tap into her blessing” or ask me “So, when is your own?”. It felt like I was supposed to be in some kind of competition or at the very least want to be married because she was getting married.

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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”.

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It’s World Sickle Cell Awareness Day!

Since 2008, the 19th of June has been set apart by the United Nations as a day to increase public awareness of the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) which has been officially recognised as a global health concern. Past the finger-pointing, there is a cure for Sickle Cell Disease. Following bone marrow transplant and stem cell transplant, which requires a donor who is a bone marrow match (preferably a sibling), there have been significant advancements.

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Book Review: On Becoming Toke Makinwa

In June 2015, news hit Nigerian media sites that Anita Solomon was pregnant by Maje Ayida, Toke Makinwa’s husband. The scandal lingered because his marriage to the media personality was only a year and six months old. Maje went on to make numerous public apologies on social media and gave an interview on the issue. However, Toke kept mum and has come up with this book a year after the scandal. This silence and mystery created a lot of buzz about the book which was released last week.

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Mirror, Mirror… (In My Shoes)

You know those mornings when you wake up feeling like all is right with the world? This morning was just that. I woke up feeling really good. Stepped on the scale and I had lost 2kgs. My tummy felt flatter than usual thanks to my new diet regime, so for work, my black bodycon dress was in order.

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A Few Things You Shouldn’t Say to Single Women and Why

There are many perspectives to explore on the topic of living a fulfilling life outside marriage, but today I’ll focus on a few common questions and comments people make in conversation with unmarried women.

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