Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis & Genetic Screening

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

Genetic Screening at Palm Beach Fertility Center

When you come into Palm Beach Fertility Center as a new patient seeking help with your fertility, you are in competent, experienced hands. We truly care about our patients and helping them to achieve a successful pregnancy. The most effective way to ensure that fertility treatments are effective and safe is to perform a number of different tests before transferring embryos.

PGD Testing Procedure

After you have completed an IVF cycle, one cell from each of the fertilized embryos is tested for the DNA mutation responsible for the conditions. It is currently possible to test for over 100 genetic disorders, including cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, Tay-Sachs disease, Huntington disease, hemophilia, and some types of leukemia. Additionally, we test for the presence of the x and y chromosomes, which allows us to determine the sex of the embryo.

PGD allows us to test embryos for genetic disorders before performing the transfer. This is especially helpful for expectant parents whose child is at high risk of inheriting a genetic defect.

  • A few examples of this are if one or both of the parents has:
  • A genetic disorder
  • A family history of them
  • A child with a birth defect or other condition

Performing PGD in Our State of the Art Lab

PGD can only be performed on embryos in-vitro (in a laboratory). That means this test is always performed in conjunction with an in-vitro fertilization cycle. In-vitro fertilization medication is given to stimulate the production of multiple eggs. At Palm Beach Fertility Center, we are proud to boast one of the most advanced laboratories, staffed by exceptionally professional and trained technicians.

If you would like to discuss PGD in further detail, please reach out to our Palm Beach fertility specialist today at (888) 819-5177.

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