Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) allows those with an inheritable condition in their family to avoid passing it on to their children. It involves checking the genes and/or chromosomes of embryos created through IVF.
Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) involves checking the chromosomes of embryos conceived by ICSI for common abnormalities. Chromosomal abnormalities are a major cause of the failure of embryos to implant, and of miscarriages. They can also cause conditions such as Down’s syndrome.
PGD can be used to test for virtually any genetic condition where a specific gene is known to cause that condition.
Who would benefit from PGD and PGS screening?
- Patients who have repeated IVF failures
- Patients who had a history of recurrent miscarriages
- Patients who have ended previous pregnancies because of a serious genetic condition
- Patients who already have a child with a serious genetic condition
- Patients who are the carriers of abnormal chromosomes or have a family history of serious genetic disorders or chromosomal problems.
- Patients who are 38 years and above who are undergoing IVF cycles
These tests may help identify the problems that are causing infertility. Once diagnosed, the problems can be treated by our doctors.