Genetic Testing (PGD)
Every parent’s wish is for a healthy child. This goal is complicated when there’s an increased risk of an inherited condition or chromosome abnormality.
Boston IVF — The Albany Center has provided advanced analysis of embryos to avoid serious genetic diseases for well over a decade – and helped thousands of couples conceive healthy babies, many after long periods of infertility.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) indicates whether you have rearranged, missing or extra chromosomes, and enables our fertility specialists and scientists to examine an embryo for a problem, even before a pregnancy begins.
The accuracy of PGD is generally between 95% and 99%.
This cutting-edge test brings added reassurances to the fertility treatment cycle, and peace of mind for couples experiencing recurrent miscarriage, or with a family history of genetic disease. It ensures that only healthy and normal embryos are transferred into the mother’s uterus, preventing miscarriages, pregnancy termination or birth defects.
Primary candidates for PGD include:
• Couples, including at least one partner, who has a family history of inheritable genetic disease
• Women 35 years or older
• Women with recurrent pregnancy losses, which could be caused by an abnormal chromosomal set
• Couples with repeated IVF failure
• Men experiencing infertility
What can we test for?
Some inherited conditions we currently test for include:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Huntington’s disease
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Myotonic Dystrophy