Understanding Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

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. Knowing you have a family history of a genetic disease or being of advanced maternal age, can increase the likelihood of your baby having such a condition.

Genea’s world leading Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) gives you a way of significantly reducing 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 appearance of the embryos, usually after 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 avoid embryos that contain an identifiable genetic abnormality. Testing can involve either a count of the chromosomes and/or a molecular examination for a particular gene or mutation that was revealed as being relevant to your family.

PGD can increase the chances of finding the best embryo with a higher implantation success and improve 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. Learn more about the process of PGD and what is involved.

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 multiple miscarriages
Have had a number of failed embryo transfers
Want to prevent the transmission of a sex-linked genetic disease

PGD / PGS at Genea

In Australia, Genea lead the way in investigating and developing PGD in Australia and our expertise and techniques are amongst the best in the world. They first launched chromosome testing of embryos in 1995 and expanded that treatment to offering single gene testing in 1998. You can learn more about Genea’s world leading expertise on our PGD success rates page.

PGD at Genea in detail
What are chromosome abnormalities?
Why is this important?
What happens in PGD/PGS testing?

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