PGD Introduction

What is PGD and how will it help me have a healthy baby?

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.

Can we benefit from PGD?

PGD is recommended for you if you:

  • are affected by or carry a known genetic disease
  • are of advanced maternal age
  • have had recurrent miscarriages
  • have had a number of failed embryo transfers
  • want to prevent the transmission of a sex-linked genetic disease.
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