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Genetic Testing Program at San Diego Fertility Center
Genetic testing is an option offered at San Diego Fertility Center that can put patients at ease regarding the health of their embryo(s) in addition to their chances for a successful pregnancy with In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Each type of genetic screening is used prior to the embryo transfer procedure in order to help ensure a healthy embryo that is free of abnormalities. These tests identify anomalies in the embryo that might affect implantation, detect serious genetic conditions like Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis, and even allow parents to choose the sex of their baby should they wish to do so.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
PGD helps diagnose specific genetic disorders in embryos such as Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X, Myotonic Dystrophy, Thalassemia, Tay Sachs, and others. PGD testing makes it possible for couples with certain genetic risk factors to decrease the likelihood of having a child who carries the same genetic disorders.
Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)
PGS screens for a number of common embryonic chromosomal disorders, including aneuploidy (too few or too many chromosomes) and other chromosome problems that can cause miscarriage or IVF failure. PGS is commonly offered to couples who are experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss or when a female partner is of advanced maternal age.
Gender selection is a medical technique that allows parents to choose the sex of their offspring. There are two methods used to help determine gender, and in these procedures only embryos with the desired sex are implanted into the woman’s uterus.
Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS)
CCS allows doctors to choose the healthiest embryo from a group of embryos, helping to reduce some of the most common risks associated with IVF. CCS also helps to reduce the likelihood of multiple births because doctors are more confident in the health of the embryos, and do not need to transfer additional embryos to compensate.