Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
California IVF: Davis Fertility Center
PGD or preimplantation genetic diagnosis is an advanced reproductive technology that allows an infertility doctor and the embryologist to evaluate the embryo for genetic disorders. This is a new and cutting edge technology that is being used to treat infertility and prevent the transmission of certain genetic diseases to babies conceived through IVF. ICSI is usually used in combination with PGD. California IVF offers PGD as part of our comprehensive fertility treatments.
Many couples may wish to select the sex of their baby. Gender selection is the term used to describe the testing to have a boy or a girl. There are many stories and myths about how to have a boy or girl and things you can do to increase your chances of having improved chances of having a boy or girl. Things such as positions, temperature, and diet do not affect the chances of having a boy or girl. Chromosome or genetic testing will allow for the selection of a boy or girl embryo using a process called preimplantation genetic diagnosis or PGD. Family balancing is a term used to refer to the situation where gender selection is used to choose a boy or girl when a couple has a child of the opposite gender. Our clinic has several years experience using genetic testing to help couples have a boy or girl for family balancing. [More Information]
Medical Breakthrough? Not quite. But Genetic Testing Holds a Lot of Hope for Infertility Patients
Genetic testing or sampling of the embryo can test for genetic or chromosome abnormalities in the baby to help create a healthy pregnancy. It will not protect the baby from all types of birth defects or malformations. Using genetic testing with IVF will help increase the success rate with the first try which can prevent the loss of good embryos from the freezing and thawing process. PGD, PGS, FISH, and CGH are genetic tests that have been around for many years. Genetic testing of embryos is not a medical breakthrough and is not the answer to all of a woman's problems getting pregnant. There are many research studies going on that will help to increase the effectiveness of IVF treatment and hopefully lower the overall cost of infertility services.