For families that suffer from inherited genetic disorders there is assistance available through a technique called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Many of the techniques and technology for this process were pioneered at Genea.
In a normal IVF cycle, the embryologist chooses which embryo will be transferred to the uterus based on a visual observation of the embryos as they develop.
Preimplantation genetic testing or diagnosis (PGD) allows the Genea scientist to base the choice on the results of genetic tests on the embryos to exclude those that contain an obvious genetic abnormality. Testing can involve a count of the chromosomes and/or a molecular examination for a particular gene or mutation. Either way, the testing can increase both the chance of a genetically normal pregnancy and your chance of having a baby.
Genea is one of the very few centres in Australia with the vital combination of IVF and genetics facilities to perform these sophisticated tests successfully.
Who can benefit from PGD?
PGD may be recommended for people who:
- Are affected by or carry a known genetic disease
- Have had recurrent miscarriages
- Need to choose the sex of their baby for medical reasons.
Find out more about PGD at Genea or call us on 1300 361 795