Embryo Screening with PGD
The new scientific advances offer virtually guaranteed results. Recent advances in the fields of genetics, genetic diagnosis, embryo biopsy and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) have opened up a new world of opportunity for couples interested in achieving a healthy pregnancy. As a result of safe new techniques developed to allow physicians and scientists the opportunity to study the genetic well being of an embryo PRIOR to it's return to the womb, procedures such as guaranteed sex selection have become a reality.
Below are some frequently asked questions
How does it work?
Employing embryo biopsy, couples undertaking in vitro fertilization (IVF) are afforded the opportunity of knowing the gender of each embryo prior to the decision concerning which embryos shall be returned to the womb via embryo transfer and which shall be safely stored for a later date.
What is IVF?
An egg is taken from the woman and fertilized with sperm outside the womb creating what is sometimes referred to as a "test tube baby". The fertilized embryo can then be examined and screened using PGD methods before transferring to the womb.
What is PGD?
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. A procedure to analyze the genetic makeup of an embryo before it is implanted. The purpose is to identify disorders and genetically inherited diseases (Downs Syndrome, hemophilia, etc) as well as identify the gender.
Why Should I have PGD done?
Some of the most common reasons for having the PGD procedure are:
What else will PGD check for besides gender?
Will PGD damage my embryo?
What other risks are there?
Absolutely zero risks
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