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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is done to identify genetically abnormal embryos. During the procedure, a special type of cell called a blastomere is removed from the embryo for genetic analysis, three days after egg retrieval.

Its benefits are threefold: it reduces the chances of miscarriage, it may prevent the need to terminate the pregnancy, or the birth of a baby with a serious birth defect.

PGD is recommended when you are older and trying to get pregnant - most often if you are 35 or older, and definitely of you are over the age of 40 – when the chances of a successful pregnancy is lower and the odds of a miscarriage are higher. It is also done of either partner carries an inherited condition. This procedure gives you the option of safeguarding your baby by screening the embryos so that only normal embryos are transferred into the mama-to-be’s womb.

“PGD can be a scary prospect for prospective parents, which is why, at Srushti, we work along with you at every step, with complete transparency at every stage – to help you enjoy a healthy pregnancy and a happy baby.”

Preimplantation Genetic Screening

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) is an IVF procedure that is done to examine your fertilized embryos for abnormalities in their chromosomes, and thereby decrease the risks associated with aneuploid embryos.

During the procedure, which is typically done on day 3 or day 5, all 24 chromosomes are examined before they are implanted in your womb. Our specialists look for abnormalities such as an additional copy of chromosome 21 which causes Down’s syndrome, incorrectly arranged chromosomes and other significant alterations.

When is Preimplantation Genetic Screening recommended?

At the Srushti, we recommend PGS to couples who have several indicators for IVF, particularly those couples that are older, and have had unsuccessful pregnancies, both naturally and with fertility treatments.

PGS gives us the advantage of assessing the chromosomal make-up of your embryos and choosing the best ones, rather than choosing them based on their visual quality and morphology – thereby increasing your chances of a pregnancy that is carried to term once they are implanted.

What are the benefits of PGS?

  • The transfer of embryos with an incorrect number of chromosomes is minimized or eliminated.
  • As chromosomal abnormalities are a common reason for miscarriages, the screening also minimizes this risk, and thereby increases your chances of getting pregnant with IVF.

“At the Srushti Fertility Centre, our aim is aid you in a healthy pregnancy and send you home with a healthy, happy baby. Preimplantation genetic screening is an important step in improving a couple’s improving the chances of a successful pregnancy and birth, particularly for those who have several indicators for IVF.”- Dr. Samundi Sankari, Founder and Chairperson

For more information about Preimplantation Genetic Screening, please do not hesitate to contact us at sfrc@srushtihospital.com and one of our experts will get in touch with you.