With every IVF cycle that produces more than one embryo, a choice must be made as to which embryo will be transferred to the uterus. In standard IVF, the choice is determined by such things as appearance and development.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) gives us another factor on which to base our decision - the genetic health of the embryo. PGD involves carefully removing one or more cells from an embryo for analysis. From this tiny sample Superior A.R.T. can determine whether an embryo has Down syndrome, beta-thalassemia, cystic fibrosis, Huntington's disease or any of a wide range of other genetic problems.
Most commonly, PGD is used where a couple is aware of the possibility that their offspring will inherit a genetic disease. Even though they may not have a problem with infertility, they choose to undergo a stimulated IVF cycle with the aim of producing a number of embryos. Genetic material from these embryos is tested to see if they carry the genetic disease, and only embryos that do not show the disease are transferred.
If you have or carry a diagnosed genetic problem, you can discuss whether PGD is applicable with your geneticist or physician, or by calling Superior A.R.T.
Read more about the PGD process