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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a procedure that helps patients with a hereditary genetic condition reduce the risk of passing the condition onto their child or children. Before PGD, potential parents with a genetic condition were limited in their options to have a child free from the condition. Now with PGD, we are now able to provide these parents with a new alternative and help them achieve their dreams of having a healthy biological child. Learn more about PGD by booking your fertility consultation today.

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How PGD Works

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis uses Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to diagnose genetic conditions in parents’ embryos. Eggs are obtained and fertilized through in vitro fertilization (IVF), and once fertilized and developed, cells are removed from each embryo and analyzed. An unaffected embryo is placed in the woman’s uterus to implant.

Who is Eligible for PGD?

All individuals and couples are eligible to undergo preimplantation genetic diagnosis. However, PGD may be recommended for individuals and couples who have: 

  • a family history of a series of genetic disorder
  • a child with a serious genetic condition
  • terminated pregnancies because their unborn child had a serious genetic condition
  • are interested in gender selection

Which Conditions can be Diagnosed?

A diagnosis can detect a number of genetic conditions that can be transferred to your child, and it can reduce the chance of a failed pregnancy. Below is a list of conditions that PGD can detect.

  • BRAC 1 & BRAC 2 genetic mutations that predispose women to breast and ovarian cancers
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Hemophilia A
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Myotonic dystrophy
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Tay-Sachs disease

If you have a family history of a serious genetic condition and would like to speak with a provider about preimplantation genetic diagnosis, fill out our short form to schedule your fertility consultation today.

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