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How PGD is Removing Likelihood of Disease in IVF Babies

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis allows couples and their fertility care teams to evaluate the health of embryos.  This is particularly important for couples who know they are likely to have children with a genetic disease.  By performing diagnostic testing, couples are able to select embryos for implantation that are free from genetic defects.  

How is PGD performed?4.8

PGD is performed by removing a single cell from a developing embryo.  That cell is then analyzed for the presence of a specific genetic disease.

What diseases can be identified with PGD?

PGD is able to test for and identify hundreds of genetic diseases including:

  • Cystic fibrosis

  • Tay-Sachs

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Huntington's Disease

What is the accuracy of PGD?

PGD is extremely accurate, inaccurate genetic information may occur in one percent of the cases.  This happens because the cells of the developing embryo are not identical.  While the genetic disease may show up in several cells it may not be in all cells.  PGD should not be looked at as an alternative to prenatal testing as no one diagnostic test is 100% accurate.  

How does PGD reduce the likelihood of genetic disease?

Through PGD embryos with genetic diseases are identifying and then discarded.  Because the identified genetically diseased eggs are not implanted, the likelihood of childhood disease decreases substantially.

Who should consider PGD?

PGD is a useful diagnostic tool for everyone that undergoes IVF.  Individuals who are likely to have children with a genetic disease should seriously consider PGD, including those who can answer yes to the following:

  • Is the female partner over age 35?

  • Does either partner have a family history of genetic diseases?

  • Is either partner aware that they are a carrier of a genetic disease?

  • Has the woman had multiple miscarriages or multiple failed IVF cycles?

Receive additional information on how PGD can become a part of your personalized fertility plan by contacting the experts at 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.

 NHFC Consultation Natural Cycle IVF

Topics: PGD, New Hope Fertility, Fertility Centers

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