Advanced reproductive technologies available from your fertility specialist can help you have a healthy pregnancy by assessing the risk factors within a pregnancy before embryo transfer occurs. This is done using Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) or Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), which have a number of uses in infertility treatment. Here are just a few of the reasons why you might consider PGS or PGD as part of your fertility treatment using In-Vitro Fertilization:
1. Male factor infertility is a part of your diagnosis: When male factor infertility is a concern, PGS may aid in the selection of embryos that are more likely to implant, as well as to result in a normal pregnancy. Abnormal sperm are more likely to carry an abnormal chromosomal number.
2. Advanced maternal age is a concern: Because of increased chromosomal abnormalities in their eggs, women who are pregnant over the age of 35 have a higher risk for pregnancy loss or for pregnancies resulting in birth defects including developmental problems and physical health conditions. PGS will help to improve the likelihood of a successful pregnancy that results in a healthy birth. Pregnancy loss after implantation is also less likely when PGS is utilized.
3. You are experiencing unexplained infertility: Most fertility cases do have a clear diagnosis relating to the health of one or both partners. However, some fertility cases are not linked to a clear cause. The answer may lie in unsuspected chromosomal abnormalities which may be detected using PGS..
4. You or your partner has an inherited disorder: If you know of a genetic disorder that you or your partner has, using PGD is important to preventing the disorder from being passed on to your child.
Understand more about PGS and PGD and how it can tie into your fertility treatment plan by scheduling an appointment with Fertility Centers of Illinois. Contact us on our website or call (877) 499-8730 to get started on your family planning goals.