During in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, doctors have a number of tools at their disposal to increase success rates. One of these tools is preimplantation genetic diagnosis, commonly referred to as PGD. PGD is a method of testing embryos during IVF treatment to determine if an embryo has a genetic disease or chromosomal defect. Both of these issues can result in pregnancy loss, so transferring healthy embryos is ideal to increase the likelihood of a live birth and healthy child.
PGD may be performed in the early stages of an embryo’s development. To perform testing, a single cell is removed from an embryo. Removing the cell does not have long term effects on the embryo which will continue to increase in the number of cells it has. Once the cell is retrieved, it can be tested in order to look for certain genetic diseases or to determine if the embryo is chromosomally normal. Embryos that are found to have issues are not used during IVF treatment.
The process of testing embryos during IVF is done at an additional cost. Therefore, it is important to consider both the pros and cons of having the procedure done before moving ahead.
Pros of PGD
Cons of PGD
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