How PGS Can Help IVF Patients

Oct 24, 2016 @ 06:00 PM – by CARE Fertility

An egg being treated in IVFHere at the Center for Assisted Reproduction, our team works closely with patients to help improve their chances of having a child and starting a family. Countless couples and individuals in the greater Dallas area come to us because of our reputation for excellent care and fine results.

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most popular fertility treatments, with a long record of success and effectiveness. The success of IVF can be improved thanks to genetic testing and screening techniques. With that in mind, let's consider the role that PGS (preimplantation genetic screening) can play in IVF treatments.

What is PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening)?

PGS refers to a way of testing the genetics of fertilized embryos during a fertility treatment procedure. The chromosomal screening process allows fertility specialists to identify risk of potential abnormalities and birth defects before an embryo is implanted and brought to term. This can prevent a number of issues that affect the health and wellness of the mother as well as the health and development of the baby.

How Does PGS Differ from PGD?

PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) is another screening that can be done as part of the IVF process. While PGS checks for chromosome numbers, PGD will check for any specific diseases that may affect an embryo, such as cystic fibrosis.

Potential Medical Conditions That PGS Can Detect

PGS examines chromosomal abnormalities, counting the pairs of chromosomes as well as their arrangement. That means it's good at assessing risk for the following potential issues:

  • Down Syndrome
  • Edwards Syndrome
  • Klinefelter Syndrome
  • Turner Syndrome

Ideal Candidates for PGS

The best candidates for PGS are couples or individuals who may have an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities. This includes people who are aged 35 and older, have experienced issues with miscarriage in the past, and have experienced a failed IVF cycle in the past. Your fertility specialist can discuss the potential need for PGS or even PGD during the consultation process.

How PGS Improves IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) Results

By identifying chromosomal abnormalities and only using embryos that have proper chromosome count and arrangement, the life of the mother and the life of the child can be improved. Avoiding these chromosomal issues means prevention of miscarriage and birth defects that can impact a child's entire life. PGS also boosts the general success and effectiveness of IVF, avoiding complications and leading to problem-free pregnancy and birth.

Discussing Your Fertility Treatment Options

As discussed above, we would be more than happy to discuss all of your options for fertility treatment in greater detail during a consultation at our practice. We will work with you to help ensure you receive the treatment you need to start that happy and healthy family you have always wanted. Proper screening and testing is a fine way to improve overall results.

Learn More About Fertility Treatment Options

To learn more about your options to start a family and address issues with male and female infertility, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists today. We at the Center for Assisted Reproduction are here to help you address your various needs.

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