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What is PGD Testing?

For couples who have a family history of genetic issues or want an additional level of security during fertility care, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, or PGD testing, may provide peace of mind.  PGD testing evaluates embryos for genetic defects before the embryos are transferred into the mother. This process decreases the likelihood of genetic diseases and can reduce the likelihood of miscarriage.

When can PGD testing be done?

PGD can be performed during IVF cycles.  With IVF, a woman’s eggs are harvested and fertilized in a lab.in-vitro-fertilization Testing is done after fertilization has taken place and allows the healthiest embryos to be transferred back into the mother.

How is PGD performed?

  • Embryos are monitored until they’ve grown to between four and ten cells.
  • Once they’ve reached the appropriate state, one or two of the cells are gently removed via microsurgery
  • DNA material is retrieved from the cell.
  • The embryo’s DNA is analyzed in our state-of-the-art lab for a variety of genetic diseases and disorders.

Does PGD help success rates?

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis allows for the selection of the healthiest embryo to be implanted in the mother. This process reduces the chance of both genetic defects and miscarriage.  Additionally, the process can limit the number of cycles required for pregnancy as only the healthiest and best equipped embryos are implanted or banked for future use.

How does PGD fit with New Hope’s holistic approach?

PGD testing allows for the selection and transfer of the healthiest embryo.  This fits our philosophy perfectly as we are focused on single embryo transfers or SET. SET reduces the likelihood of a multiple pregnancy which can result in health issues for both mother and child.

To discover how PGD testing can help your journey to parenthood, contact us. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.


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