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PGD Treatment in San Diego

PGD Treatment in San Diego2016-11-17T09:03:35+00:00

PGD / Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
The genetic makeup of embryos can be evaluated before they are transferred into the uterus either by PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening) or by PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) or both. PGS examines embryos for chromosome abnormalities and will identify the embryo’s gender. PGD evaluates embryos for particular inherited diseases (often single gene defects) known to run in the family. PGD can help to eliminate single gene diseases from future generations. Accuracy is near 100%!

Genetic screening techniques may be performed from day 3 to day 6 of embryo development, depending on embryo quality, cell number and other considerations. During the course of genetic testing, one or more cells are removed from each embryo during early development. These cells are then analyzed by a variety of methods, yielding genetic information about each embryo that helps determine which embryos to select for transfer and/or freezing.

Genetic screening techniques may be performed from day 3 to day 6 of embryo development, depending on embryo quality, cell number and other considerations. During the course of genetic testing, one or more cells are removed from each embryo during early development. These cells are then analyzed by a variety of methods, yielding genetic information about each embryo that helps determine which embryos to select for transfer and/or freezing.

Preimplantation genetic testing can detect hundreds of diseases and syndromes including:

Cystic fibrosis
Sickle cell anemia
Tay-Sachs disease
Myotonic dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy
Fragile X syndrome
Spinal muscular atrophy
Hemophilia
Want a Baby Boy or Baby Girl?

Many couples wish to choose the gender of their child for a variety of reasons. Preimplantation genetic testing is by far the most accurate method for determining the gender of each embryo (nearly 100% accuracy

The Genetic Screening Process

PGD or PGS is a step added to an IVF cycle enabling our lab personnel to choose which embryos will give the highest probability of a healthy pregnancy when transferred into the mother.

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In an IVF cycle, embryos are created in the lab and incubated for 3 to 5 days, until they have grown to 6 to 10 cells each (day 3) or 50 or more cells each (day 5 or 6).

Next, the embryo biopsy procedure is performed. Guided by a powerful microscope, our highly trained and experienced professionals very carefully remove a single cell or several cells from the embryo and prepare it for genetic testing.

Because every cell in our bodies — starting from the moment of conception — contains a complete copy of our DNA in its chromosomes, analysis of this single cell can foretell the embryo’s future: whether it will have a genetic disease, chromosomal abnormalities, and whether it will become a boy or a girl.

Using this information, healthy embryos may selected of the desired sex, male or female, and transferred into the mother.