Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Screening (PGD/PGS)

What are PGD and PGS?

The underlying goal of our clinic and the couples that visit them is to bring a healthy child into the world. The aim is not just to get pregnant but also to deliver a baby that is as mentally and physically fit as possible in the safest way for both the mother and the child. There are screenings and tests aspiring parents can do to help guide their decision-making.

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD): A PGD is a procedure in which a woman’s embryo cells are analyzed to assess any genetic abnormalities. The cells tested are separated from the embryo three days after egg retrieval. Once the abnormal embryos are identified, they are excluded from the transfer to the uterus to decrease the probability of a miscarriage.

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS): As the name suggests, a PGS is a screening used to analyze an embryo’s chromosomal structure. This is done to assess the potential for a miscarriage or the baby to be born with a disorder.  

What Steps are Involved with PGD and PGS Procedures?

  1. In many ways, the stages involved with PGD and PGS are similar to the IVF process.
  2. Once the eggs have ripened, they are retrieved and fertilized.
  3. The embryos from those cells are developed and then frozen. This helps prepare them for the biopsy.
  4. On day five of fertilization, the biopsy is conducted. This step intends to identify any genetic abnormality.
  5. Any abnormal embryos are singled out. Healthy embryos are then transferred to a frozen embryo cycle.
  6. The embryologist uses PCR tests to identify and diagnose the abnormal gene. 

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From Huntington’s disease to cystic fibrosis to muscular dystrophy, there are hundreds of genetic diseases from which the PGD of the IVF treatment process protects your future offspring. So if, as a couple, you carry a genetic condition and are concerned about transferring it to your child, IVF-PGD can be the perfect solution.

We will be glad to discuss your situation and fertility options at length and help you discover the most suitable solution for getting pregnant. Set up an appointment today by calling 520-326-0001.

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