Have you heard of embryo genetic testing? If so, you may be wondering if it’s the right choice for you and your family.
We want to put that question to rest by filling you in on the details of embryo genetic testing and when it’s recommended in conjunction with IVF treatment.
Embryo genetic testing allows us to test your embryos before they are implanted for IVF. There are two kinds of genetic testing: PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) and PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening).
PGS is the most common form of genetic testing. It screens the pre-implanted embryo for chromosomal abnormalities and genetic problems. These may include too many or too few chromosomes, a loss of portions of a chromosome, the attachment of one chromosome to another, or genetic problems that run in the family.
PGD is a more advanced form of genetic testing that removes a chromosome from an embryo and tests it for specific diseases, like cystic fibrosis.
Why do couples choose PGD or PGS?
If you or your partner are at high risk for genetic abnormalities, you may choose to undergo embryo genetic testing. Through these tests, we can choose the healthiest embryos with the highest chance of resulting in a healthy, full term pregnancy.
What are the risks?
When embryos are biopsied, there is no risk of causing chromosomal abnormalities; however, it may decrease the chance of the embryo growing into a baby.
These tests are not recommended for healthy couples or women who have little to no reason to be concerned with genetic or chromosomal abnormalities. We only recommend embryo genetic testing for couples who have a high risk of certain diseases (if genetic diseases run in the family) or if they have a higher than usual risk of chromosomal abnormalities.
If you are considering PGD or PGS testing, we will carefully consult with you to make sure you have a full understanding of the procedures and the risks so you and your partner can make the best choice for your family moving forward.
To learn more about embryo genetic testing or to learn about our holistic approach to fertility and IVF treatment, contact us at (713) 467-4488.
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