Genetic testing has given us an incredible gift – the power to prevent the transfer of inheritable genetic diseases to our children. It also lessens a woman’s risk of miscarriage, as it significantly increases the likelihood that fertility specialists will transfer genetically normal embryos into a woman’s uterus. Unfortunately, similarities in nomenclature between the different types of testing can lead to patient confusion. Our Austin fertility doctors are here to break down the basics between preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
Our Austin fertility center offers both PGS and PGD to give you the best chance to have a healthy baby. Both of these tests take place in the embryology lab, once the embryo has reached the blastocyst development stage during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. However, PGS and PGD are distinct forms of genetic testing that serve two different purposes.
Several groups of patients can benefit from genetic testing. Our Austin fertility center may recommend PGS if you have experienced recurrent miscarriages or repeated IVF failures, or if you are of advanced maternal age. If you or your partner carry or have an inheritable genetic disorder, our fertility specialists will suggest PGD as a way to avoid passing that disease on to your children.
Genetic testing can help you have the family of your dreams. If you would like to learn more about PGS, PGD or any other type of genetic testing, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our caring and knowledgeable fertility specialists.