What are genetic services: Once you have embryos created, there is further genetic and chromosomal testing and screening you can have performed on these embryos, known as PGD or PGS. These procedures can be helpful because they can identify embryos without certain genetic diseases or chromosomal conditions and can potentially increase your chances of pregnancy and a healthy baby.
What is PGD: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. A sample of the embryo is tested for specific genetic diseases. After embryos are created using ICSI, they have assisted hatching performed on them on day 3 and then embryo biopsy on day 5. This biopsied portion is frozen and sent off to a genetics laboratory where they test to see if the embryo has specific genetic diseases or conditions.
Why would you use PGD: PGD testing can be used when specific genetic diseases exist in you, your family, or any donors you are using. This testing may help your physician identify which embryos should be transferred to decrease the risk of passing on that specific unwanted genetic disease or condition.
What is PGS: Preimplantation Genetic Screening. After embryos are created using ICSI, they have assisted hatching performed on day 3 and then embryo biopsy on day 5. This biopsied portion is frozen and sent off to a laboratory where they determine if the embryo has extra, missing, or misplaced chromosomes.
Why would you use PGS: PGS can identify embryos with abnormalities from missing, extra, or misplaced chromosomes. The information from PGS may help your physician identify which embryos should be transferred to attempt a pregnancy and may lead to higher pregnancy rates, lowered risk of miscarriage, and lowered risk of having a child with an unwanted chromosomal condition.
Please note: We don’t provide PGD or PGS testing on site, but we do perform the assisted hatching and embryo biopsy necessary to perform the tests. We then coordinate with a PGD and PGS testing provider and send the biopsied sample to them. Your results will be returned to your physician.