For some parents-to be, getting pregnant isn’t always an easy journey. If yours is a journey that has been particularly trying, you might even be prepared to consider assisted reproduction treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
When preparing to undergo IVF treatments, your fertility specialist or doctor may talk to you about something called preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a procedure used before implantation of the embryo to assist in identifying various genetic defects within embryos created through in vitro fertilization.
This procedure will help prevent certain diseases or disorders from being passed on from either parent to the child.
To get a better understanding about Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), we spoke to an expert in the field of fertility treatment, obstetrics & gynecology, Dr. Ann Tan.
Here are her answers to our questions about preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
Could you please explain what preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is?
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) only applies to pregnancies achieved through assisted reproduction or IVF.
When the embryos are formed, cells from the embryo are extracted and subjected to genetic testing to determine whether they contain any abnormal genetic material that can then potentially be passed on from the carrier parents to their baby.
Two of the conditions that could be passed on are thalassemia and/or cystic fibrosis.
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