In vitro fertilization has revolutionized fertility treatments offering hope to couples who desire to concieve. One component of IVF that emerged as a game changer is Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT). Learn why Preimplantation Genetic Testing is an important step in the IVF process and how it can benefit you.
What is PGT?
PGT is a laboratory technique used to test embryos for genetic abnormalities before they are implanted in the uterus. PGT involves the removal of some of the cells that become part of the placenta on Day 5 , 6 or 7. The testing evaluates the chromosomes or genetic material in those cells, looking for chromosomal abnormalities. Additionally, PGT can be used to identify specific diseases. Both the male and female partner must have the disease to look for a specific disease with the testing.
Why should I consider PGT?
One of the main reasons to use PGT is to help pick the healthiest embryo for transfer. By examining the chromosomes before implantation it allows the transfer of the embryo with the highest chance of resulting in a pregnancy and lowest chance of miscarriage.
PGT is also valuable in reducing the risk of passing on a genetic disease, such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia. PGT allows parents to make informed decision about the potential health of their child.
The careful selection of genetically healthy embryos increases the chance of a successful pregnancy decreasing the chance of IVF failure, decreasing cost.
PGT can be used for family balancing allowing couples to achieve their family planning goals.
Preimplantation Genetic Testing has become a crucial step in the IVF process especially for women over 35 or for families that carry a genetic disease