Fertility specialist Dr. Mark Rispler can perform specialized genetic testing on embryos prior to transferring them in a cycle of in-vitro fertilization (IVF). These tests are called preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), and only a very specific segment of the infertility population will need the advanced treatment.
Most people know that IVF leads to successful pregnancies in couples facing serious fertility issues. Dr. Rispler explains that PGS and PGD refer to relatively new breakthroughs in testing embryos prior to the point where the fertilized egg is returned to the uterus. Sometimes called embryo biopsy, PGS and PGD help determine the presence of genetic disease or chromosomal abnormalities.
Innovative Fertility Center Explains the Difference between PGS and PGD
Innovative Fertility Center dedicates a portion of its website to explaining the applications for PGS and PDG, and the protocols in place to maximize the effectiveness of genetic testing. We provide a succinct version here:
Why PGS? You may opt for PGS if you are a woman of advanced maternal age, or have experienced recurrent miscarriage or failed IVF cycles.
Why PGD? If you have a family history for genetic disease such as cystic fibrosis, or fall into specific ethnic categories, PGD can rule out inheritable disease to protect your next generation.
The desire to get pregnant and have a healthy baby motivates many couples to partner with Innovative Fertility Center. Dr. Rispler provides comprehensive fertility testing and proactive techniques to protect your baby from devastating genetic disorders. Contact the office of Innovative Fertility Center for more information about PGS and PGD.