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About Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

By HCRM on April 22, 2013


Preimplantation Genetic DiagnosisWhen people consider having children, there is sometimes some degree of concern regarding certain genetic abnormalities that may be passed on to the child. This is a normal worry that a lot of prospective parents express to medical professionals as well as close friends, so if you have the same concerns, you should rest assured that you are not alone.

Since these matters are common among many, the team at our Omaha fertility center would like to look at some of the basics regarding preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD. We believe that this will help you put your mind at ease during the treatment process.

About Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis refers to the genetic screening of the embryos before they are placed in the uterus to be carried to term. The screening is able to catch potential genetic abnormalities, preventing them from manifesting in the child when he or she is born. Our Omaha reproductive health specialists will be able to discuss a number of other factors related to preimplantation genetic diagnosis during your consultation.

How Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is Performed

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is performed on embryos rather than individual eggs or sperm. The first step, then, is the fertilization of a harvested egg. When the egg is successfully fertilized and becomes an embryo, a single cell is then isolated from it and analyzed for any genetic abnormalities. If none are detected, then the embryo will be placed as planned to be carried to term.

Ideal Uses for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is a good option to consider as part of Omaha in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment or any sort of assisted reproduction option. For instance, a genetic screening of the embryo can be done even if there is a surrogate carrier involved. Similarly, a genetic screening can be performed on embryos that are the result of donor eggs or donor sperm. This gives many prospective parents peace of mind about the birth of their child.

Is PGD a good option for me to consider?

Genetic screenings of embryos are good to keep in mind for prospective parents who have a history of genetic health conditions/abnormalities in their family. In general, the main people who should consider PGD are people who are at high risk of passing on these condition to their children.

Some of the most common genetic disorders that preimplantation genetic diagnosis can detect include:

  • Down's Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Tay Sachs
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Huntington's disease
  • Achondroplasia
  • Hemophilia A

Other Options for Assisted Reproduction

In addition to IVF and PGD, there are many other options to keep in mind for successful reproductive assistance, including egg donation / egg donors, sperm donation / sperm donors, and surrogate carries. We will be able to go over all of these matters in greater detail during your visit to our center.

Learn More About Your Options for Fertility Treatment

For more information about preimplantation genetic diagnosis and your many other options for advanced reproductive health, be sure to contact our Omaha fertility and IVF clinic today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you receive all of the information that you need to make informed decisions about assisted reproduction options.

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