Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis at CARE Fertility in Dallas, Fort Worth
CARE Fertility offers preimplantation genetic diagnosis, PGD this technique involves taking multiple cells from a newly developing embryo and analyzing its genetic makeup. This test helps to find chromosomal and genetic disorders early. It is an excellent opportunity for couples who are at risk for transmitting genetic disease to their children.
PGD must be done in conjunction with in vitro fertilization. PGD helps the Center for Assisted Reproduction (CARE Fertility) embryologists to choose the healthiest embryos for implantation, thereby increasing the chance of successful pregnancy and reducing the chance of genetic problems in the baby.
PGD is performed in the lab during the IVF process. After the egg and sperm are mixed in the lab, the resultant embryos are allowed to grow for several days. Cells from the developing embryos are then extracted from each embryo and its genetic makeup is analyzed.
PGD can screen for genetic abnormalities that can cause miscarriage or that may prevent pregnancy from occurring while also checking for certain chromosomal or single gene diseases, such as Down's Syndrome or Sickle Cell Anemia. It is a powerful new technology that is only available at cutting-edge facilities like the Center for Assisted Reproduction.
PGD is most commonly utilized to screen for chromosomal abnormalities or aneuploidy screening. CARE offers optimized technology that can detect abnormalities in all 24 chromosomes. In addition, embryo biopsy is performed on day 5 of embryo culture which enables the embryologist to remove multiple cells increasing the precision of the test. Screening results are available in less than 24 hours of embryos biopsy allowing a fresh embryo transfer to occur on day 6 of embryo culture.