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When planning for a pregnancy, many prospective parents want to be as certain as possible that their child will be healthy. This is especially true for patients using assisted reproductive technology (ART) to achieve pregnancy. PGD and IVF can help intended parents choose an embryo of their desired sex that does not carry specific genetic abnormalities.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), also known as preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), is a type of IVF genetic testing. Patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) can use PGD to detect certain chromosomal abnormalities and diseases in their embryos. PGD testing can also be used for family balancing, as this technique allows for the sex of the embryos to be determined.
One of the benefits of preimplantation genetic diagnosis is the ability of parents to select their baby’s biological gender (sex).
This allows patients with sex-linked genetic disorders or those who are potential carriers to choose a baby of the sex that is less likely to be affected.
Sex selection also gives parents an advantage in family planning if they prefer to have a baby girl or baby boy.
Screening for genetic diseases is the primary purpose of PGD. This process gives prospective parents security that their child will not have the genetic or chromosomal abnormalities evaluated for that result in certain disorders.
Genetic abnormalities can cause long-term health concerns. Extra or missing genetic material in an embryo can also result in a loss of pregnancy after implantation.
While this process will not catch all potential diseases, testing and diagnosis can detect a long list of conditions before implantation.
There are thousands of gene disorders that PGD can detect, however some common ones include:
PGD is a common practice when undergoing IVF treatment. Here is what you and your partner can expect when undergoing the PGD test.
The cost of PGD will vary depending on the number of embryos tested and the tests being performed. Some genetic tests are faster, simpler, and less expensive than others.
When you discuss which genetic conditions you want to test for, Dr. Saadat will be able to give you an accurate genetic testing cost. Our page on the cost of IVF can provide more information about cost factors.
If you are looking to detect genetic disorders and hereditary conditions through embryo testing, do not hesitate to contact our office. Our double-board certified doctor and office is ready to help you achieve the ultimate goal of a healthy and happy baby every step of the way.
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