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Embryo Screening with PGD

ZDL, Inc.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:

  • The female partner is over 35 years old
  • Three or more miscarriages in early pregnancy
  • More than two unsuccessful IVF treatments
  • Family Balancing
    • If scientists are aware of the sex of an embryo while it remains still in their care, measures can be taken to assure that only embryos of a selected gender are returned to the womb for the possible establishment of pregnancy. While in vitro fertilization with PGD is only one of the methods for sex predetermination offered by our Center, it is the only procedure where success rates are higher than 99.9%.

What else will PGD check for besides gender?

  • common aneuploidies (chromosomes 13, 16, 18, 22, 23, X, Y)
  • unbalanced chromosome set

Will PGD damage my embryo?

No

What other risks are there?

Absolutely zero risks

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