What you need to know about PGD
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, is a test that can be performed on IVF embryos from our Southern California fertility center. This test can identify which embryos have a specific genetic abnormality. This information allows couples to move forward confidently with embryo transfer. Transferring the healthiest embryos to the uterus increases the chances of having a successful pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby.
In preimplantation genetic diagnosis, an embryologist removes a few cells from each embryo and ships the samples to a reference genetics lab for testing. The lab then examines the chromosomes, looking for genes associated with a specific heritable disease. With this test, we can find cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, Tay-Sachs, hemophilia, sickle cell disease and more.
Who should consider PGD?
The team at our Southern California fertility center recommends PGD for certain patients.
- People diagnosed with a genetic disease
- Carriers of a specific genetic abnormality
- Those with a family history of a genetic or chromosomal disorder
- People at risk for passing a genetic disease to their children
Our team is happy to work with patients to determine whether preimplantation genetic diagnosis is a good option to help them bring home a healthy baby.
Concerns about preimplantation genetic testing
Some people may have religious or cultural beliefs that prevent them from using PGD. Others see it as a ray of hope as they near the end of their IVF journey.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is a safe procedure, but no test can guarantee a 100% successful pregnancy or a healthy baby. Also, the embryo biopsy may cause minimal damage to the embryo. This is rare, but it can occur.
For many, the potential benefits far outweigh these risks because they are concerned about bringing a child into this world who could suffer from a lifelong medical condition. Many hopeful parents appreciate the chance to break the vicious cycle of passing down inherited diseases to their children. No matter what your beliefs or circumstances are, the decision is always yours. Our Southern California fertility center will support you every step of the way.
Contact us to learn more about IVF and PGD at our Southern California fertility center.