12:31 23rd February 2018 | Illness Prevention
Having a happy, healthy baby who grows into a happy, healthy child is something most people dream about and hope for. Unfortunately, there are conditions and diseases that can get in
the way of this dream. However, thanks to two assisted conception methods, babies do not have to inherit certain conditions from their parents and suffer the consequences.
Medical problems can arise from a harmful gene mutation – a change that occurs in the DNA (genetic sequence). Some of these problems can be inherited, that is, passed on from one or both parents to their children.
Good to Know: Not all genetic problems are hereditary.
Preventing Hereditary Genetic Conditions
Some conditions you cannot predict or prevent, whether inherited from a parent or not. However, there are diseases that could be eliminated before embryo implantation.
The two procedures that enable this option are:
If there is a history of genetic disorders in the family, PGD/PGS can offer some peace of mind about the health of future offspring.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
PGD is a procedure that is performed during in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Essentially, embryos are thoroughly examined, before implantation, to identify and select embryos that do not carry the disease in question. It all starts and ends with IVF, but with an additional procedure in the middle.
Step 1: Female egg production is boosted.
Step 2: Eggs are extracted.
Step 3: Male sperm sample is collected
Step 4: Egg is fertilised outside the body.
Step 5: Cells from day 3 or day 5 embryos are biopsied to test for specific genetic conditions.
Step 6: Healthy embryos are selected and transferred to the uterus for implantation.
At Bridge Clinic we perform day 5 blastocyst biopsies.
Preimplantation Genetic Screening
PGS is another procedure that can be performed during IVF. In this process embryos are thoroughly examined, or screened, for chromosomal abnormalities.
PGD/PGS cannot be performed without IVF, but many couples who opt for IVF do not require PGD/PGS.
BABIES DO NOT HAVE TO BE BORN WITH GENETIC OR CHROMOSOMAL CONDITIONS
Benefits of PGD/PGS
PGD at Bridge Clinic
We want to help couples with infertility challenges to fulfil their dream of getting pregnant and starting a family of their own, as soon as possible.
PGD and PGS at Bridge Clinic are Advanced Care treatments. To find out more:
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