Through Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) in conjunction with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), genetic and chromosomal abnormalities are detected in embryos. Only those embryos graded high quality are transferred to the mother’s uterus or cryopreserved for Future Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures. High quality embryos identified through PGD lessen the chances of a failed pregnancy.
Recurrent miscarriage is medically defined as two or more consecutive pregnancy losses before 20 week gestation. Many couples delay in seeking medical help after experiencing two or more miscarriages. Don’t procrastinate obtaining help from a fertility specialist if you are experiencing recurrent miscarriage and delayed conception.
As women age, the chance for chromosomal abnormalities in embryos increases. Low quality embryos result in:
- Low fertility rates
- High miscarriage rate
- High chance for birth defects
Candidates for PGD:
- Women under 35 who have experienced two or more miscarriages – recurrent miscarriage
- Women who are over 35 and have experience one miscarriage
- Women who have had two or more unsuccessful IVF cycles
PGD testing takes place in conjunction with IVF in a controlled laboratory setting. Approximately three days after fertilization, embryos developing in vitro are screened by removing a single cell for testing. After analysis of the cell, a decision is made as to which embryo is the best for transferring into the woman’s uterus. Also, only quality embryos are cryopreserved for future FETs.
A single cell’s genetic makeup is analyzed and – based upon the results – parents are able to determine which embryo they desire to have transferred for implantation into the woman’s uterus.
PGD offers hopeful parents-to-be the opportunity to:
- Screen out embryos carrying a genetic disease
- Predict the risk of a disease
- Improve birth rates of healthy babies through IVF
- Choose the gender of their baby
- A single cell is removed from the embryo
- The single cell’s genetic makeup is analyzed by the embryologist
- A decision is made as to the quality of the embryo
- Only high quality embryos are used in completion of a fresh IVF cycle
- Only high quality embryos are cryopreserved for a future Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
Quality Embryo Selection Through PGD in Conjunction With IVF
Fertility Centers of Illinois is comprised of 10 fertility clinic locations and 2 IVF state-of-the-art surgical and laboratory centers located throughout the Chicagoland area. After you consult with the Doctor, you can choose from all 10 office locations for ultrasound monitoring and blood testing.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs by clicking the icon below to schedule your appointment online – or – call 888.325.7389.