Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, often called PGD by fertility professionals, allows a fertility care team to determine if embryos are effected by a genetic disease. This information helps couples know which embryos are best suited for transfer and most likely to result in a healthy pregnancy. Understanding the benefits of PGD can help couples decide if this treatment option is best for their needs.
PGD is performed by removing a single cell from a developing embryo. Then the following is performed:
- The removed cell is thoroughly analyzed and evaluated to determine if a genetic disease exists
- Once all embryos are tested, a healthy embryo is implanted in the mother, with surplus health embryos stored for future use.
- Embryos that have a genetic disease are not used for IVF treatment
Who Benefits from PGD
While PGD can benefit all couples, there are certain groups of people that should consider having PGD done as a part of fertility treatment. These individuals are more likely to have embryos with genetic diseases:
- Individuals who are known carriers for genetic diseases
- Individuals who themselves have a chromosomal disorder
- Women who are over age 35
- Women who have had multiple miscarriages
- Woman who have had multiple failed IVF cycles
- Couples who have a child with a genetic disease
Overall Benefit of PGD
PGD offers a number of benefits to couples including:
- The ability to test for more than 100 genetic diseases
- Identifying embryos that are of a poor quality and likely to result in miscarriage before implantation
- Peace of mind that the developing embryo is healthy and well suited for live birth
It is important to note that while PGD identifies a large number of genetic defects, the technology is not able to identify 100% of genetic issues. Therefore, couples should not view PGD as a replacement for testing during pregnancy.
To schedule an appointment to learn how PGD can help you achieve a healthy pregnancy, contact New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.