One in six Australian couples will have a fertility issue at some point in their lives and one in 10 couples will have trouble conceiving their second child. You are not alone.
Don’t panic, your fertility journey doesn’t have to be an express service straight to IVF. Some simple changes can improve your chance of conceiving naturally.
Our team will work closely with you to design a personalised program to ensure the best possible chance.
With 40% of fertility issues being male related, it may be time to find out more.
We're dedicated to helping you achieve your dream - taking home a healthy baby. We offer a range of services - from Fertility Fit to IVF and genetic diagnosis of pre-implantation embryos - all with the aim of easing your journey to successful pregnancy.
Our intention, driven by 25 years of planning, compassion and research investment, is to put our words into action for you so that you can feel assured that there is no better care and no better chance of a healthy baby to be found. Anywhere.
Because of the care, technology and expertise we put into your care, you’ll have a better chance of taking home a baby.
At Genea we work with only the best specialists and science, resulting in leading success rates. Find the right specialist or the clinic that suits you today.
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant and it’s not happening or if you know you need some help, you’re not alone. Come along to a free information session and learn more.
We all want a healthy baby, one who grows into a healthy child. Unfortunately, in some cases it’s not always how things turn out. Certain genetic conditions can cause birth defects or start to show up as a child develops and certain factors, such as knowing you have a family history of a genetic disease or being of advanced maternal age, can increase the likelihood of your baby being affected.
Genea’s world leading Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) gives you a way of reducing or removing that risk.
In a standard IVF treatment, every time a cycle produces more than one embryo, a choice must be made about which embryo will be transferred. That choice is determined by the development and appearance of the embryos, usually over a five day period to work out which one has the best chance of achieving a pregnancy.
However, advances in scientific techniques mean PGD gives us another factor on which to base our decision - the genetic health of your embryo. PGD allows Genea scientists to base the choice on the results of genetic tests they’ve conducted on your embryos. These tests help us to rule out embryos that contain an obvious genetic abnormality. Testing can involve either a count of the chromosomes and/or a molecular examination for a particular gene or mutation.
PGD can increase the chances of a genetically normal embryo being selected, implanting successfully and your chance of carrying and delivering a healthy baby.
If you’re considering IVF, PGD could be an important part of the equation towards you achieving your dream.
PGD is recommended for you if you:
Genea led the way in investigating and developing PGD in Australia and our expertise and techniques are amongst the best in the world. Genea first launched chromosome testing of embryos in 1995 and expanded that treatment to offering single gene testing in 1998. Our techniques have developed and expanded since we first conducted genetic testing and many clinics have followed our lead and modelled their tests on ours.
Genea was the first clinic ever to successfully introduce Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) for Day 5 embryos in 1999, achieving the first baby ever born using this technique. A review of information from the Australian and New Zealand Assisted Reproduction Database (ANZARD) from 2004 to 2008 showed blastocyst biopsy for PGD improves both implantation and live birth rates when compared to biopsy at Day 3. The review showed clinical pregnancy rates from Day 5/6 biopsies were 29 per cent compared to 17 per cent for Day 3 biopsies and 23 per cent of couples undertaking Day 5 biopsy on their embryo delivered a baby compared to 13 per cent of couples whose embryo was biopsied at Day 3.
More than 2,000 single gene disorders have been identified and we are capable of building a test for any one of them. To date, we’ve been asked to test for approximately 200 disorders, more than any other clinic, and we’ve developed specific tests for each one, including some very rare disorders.
In 2012, another Australian IVF clinic stated that the holy grail for IVF technology would be the ability to test every one of the 23 chromosome pairs in the embryo before implantation. At Genea we have been doing just that since November 2009.
A couple of Australian clinics have recently begun promoting their “new” PGD technique - microarray Comparative Genome Hybridization (CGH) or microarray CGH. Genea was one of the first clinics in the world to adopt this technique and we’ve offered it to our patients since 2009. While standard chromosome tests can only detect some of these conditions, this more powerful high-resolution test can identify very small changes in chromosomes that standard tests are not able to detect.
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. Quite simply, if you want to ensure that you benefit from the very latest assisted conception research and technology you could do no better than to come to Genea.
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