Preimplantation Genetic Testing

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Preimplantation Genetic Testing services offered in Bedford and Fort Worth, TX

If you’re over the age of 35 or have a history of multiple miscarriages, consider preimplantation genetic testing. Preimplantation genetic testing provides an easy and effective way to screen embryos before being implanted in your uterus. At CARE Fertility, the team of reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialists provides preimplantation genetic testing as part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. To make an appointment, call the office in Bedford or Fort Worth, Texas, or book online today.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing Q & A

What is preimplantation genetic testing?

Preimplantation genetic testing is a screening measure that analyzes your embryos for genetic defects. 

Any couple considering in vitro fertilization (IVF) can benefit from preimplantation genetic testing, but it’s especially beneficial for people who are known carriers of genetic or chromosomal disorders.

Preimplantation genetic testing is minimally invasive, convenient, and capable of identifying various chromosomal and genetic problems that may cause a miscarriage or impact the health of your baby.

Who should undergo preimplantation genetic testing?

You might be a candidate for preimplantation genetic testing if:

  • You’ve had two or more miscarriages
  • You’ve been diagnosed with unexplained fertility
  • You’re 35 or older
  • You’ve undergone multiple unsuccessful fertility treatments

After a review of your medical records and a discussion of your symptoms and lifestyle, the team at CARE Fertility can make recommendations that align with your needs. 

What does preimplantation genetic testing involve?

At CARE Fertility, the team performs preimplantation genetic testing during an in-office visit.

First, your CARE Fertility provider collects one or more of your eggs during a brief outpatient procedure and a sample of your partner’s sperm. 

After collecting the samples, the team at CARE Fertility mixes the sperm and egg in a lab. Then, they allow the embryos to grow for 5-6 days. When the embryos are large enough, a team of highly qualified embryologists extracts genetic material from them.

Then, the embryologists freeze your embryos and analyze the genetic makeup of the extracted cells. Analysis typically takes 10-14 days. When the team receives your test results, they give you a call and explain them.

What conditions can preimplantation genetic testing screen for?

At CARE Fertility, the team uses preimplantation genetic testing to diagnose various genetic disorders, including:

  • Huntington’s disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Tay-Sachs disease
  • Down syndrome
  • Trisomy 18

Suppose the results of your preimplantation genetic test come back positive. In that case, the team at CARE Fertility can refer you to a genetic counselor for help determining what steps to take next. 

How accurate is preimplantation genetic testing?

Preimplantation genetic testing boasts a proven track record. In fact, PGT identifies genetic abnormalities 98-99%* of the time.

Don’t wait to schedule preimplantation genetic testing at CARE Fertility. To make an appointment, call the nearest office or book online today.

*Individual results may vary.