PGD is a form of early prenatal diagnosis that is used to detect chromosomal abnormalities in the resulting embryo. It identifies embryos at risk and allows for the prevention of transmission of inherited diseases to the next generation and/or a possible miscarriage during the pregnancy.
By means of a state-of-the-art laser, a hole is drilled into a 3-day-old embryo and a single cell is harvested for biopsy purposes. Once biopsied and approved, the embryo may be transferred into the woman’s uterus.
With increasing maternal age, there is a greater chance of more or all embryos being abnormal. At age 40 years, 13% of women have all abnormal embryos. As such PGD is indicated for:
- Women over the age of 35 years
- Couples with recurrent and unexplained miscarriages
- Couples who have experienced several failed IVF cycles
- Couples who have had a prior pregnancy with a chromosome abnormality
An accurate and thorough history obtained through a consultation at Conceive Hospital will determine whether a couple is required to undertake a PGD of their embryos.