Losing a child before it is carried to full term is a devastating loss, especially when you are trying to start your family. Many miscarriages can be attributed to aneuploidy, missing or additional chromosomes, which prevent the embryo from implanting on the uterine wall. Testing for such anomalies may help.
Preimplantation genetic screening, or PGS, is a common treatment for women with a history of miscarriage. PGS is also known as aneuploidy screening. PGS is still considered experimental by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, although it has been proven to increase the chances of having a successful pregnancy.
It is difficult to determine the cause of some miscarriages, but PGS testing can rule out aneuploidy and ensure that the embryo implanted in the uterus is healthy. Sometimes genetic disorders can be inherited and cause distress for parents unsure whether their child will inherit the disorder. For these couples, a preimplantation genetic diagnosis may be recommended.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
Determining the existence of genetic disorders or chromosomal abnormalities and hand selecting those embryos without them increases the chances of having a healthy baby. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, screens one cell from an embryo to identify anomalies that indicate it is abnormal. The screening ensures that only unaffected embryos are transferred back into the uterus. When one or both parents are carriers of genetic disorders, PGD can eliminate the worry and distress caused by not knowing if the child will inherit the disorder.
PGS and PGD testing have additional costs associated with them, but they can increase your chances of pregnancy. PGD may be recognized by your insurance as a covered service for reasons of medical necessity in some cases. One of our billing coordinators will discuss the charges in detail before you decide to proceed with testing.
Preimplantation genetic screening is important for patients who have concerns or a history of miscarriage. Our fertility doctors at Neway Fertility have the expertise and skill to perform these tests with the care and delicacy they require. When you have questions, contact Neway Fertility, and schedule a consultation appointment.