Embryo Genetic Testing

Our fertility specialists screen for chromosomal abnormalities with embryo genetic testing

Fertility Answers is your partner and advocate on your fertility journey. To help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby, our Louisiana fertility centers offer embryo genetic testing. Genetic testing of embryos allows our fertility specialists to examine the chromosomes of each embryo to determine which ones can develop into healthy babies.

Embryo genetic testing provides detailed information about each embryo

ccs223_1It’s impossible to know which embryos are chromosomally normal simply by looking at them with a high-powered microscope. Embryo genetic testing, in conjunction with IVF, allows our Louisiana fertility centers to test each embryo to determine if they have the correct number and placement of chromosomes. Testing can also tell our fertility specialists if an embryo is affected by a genetic disorder such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease or Tay-Sachs disease. There are two categories of embryo testing.

  • Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) identifies which embryos have the correct number/balance of chromosomes. Embryos with an abnormal number of chromosomes are more likely to develop serious conditions or even miscarry.
  • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) determines which embryos carry a specific genetic disorder. PGD is an excellent solution for couples who are at risk of transmitting a genetic disorder to their children.

Many patients can benefit from genetic screening of embryos

The physicians at our Louisiana fertility centers believe in genetic screening because it offers unique advantages. For example, screening allows our fertility specialists to be 99% certain that the embryo they are transferring has the correct number of chromosomes, which increases the chance of a successful pregnancy. Additionally, genetic screening allows our fertility specialists to transfer one embryo at a time, decreasing the likelihood of conceiving twins.

Fertility Answers recommends genetic testing of embryos for several different patient groups.

  • One or both partners have or carry an inheritable genetic disorder, as indicated by family history or preconception genetic screening
  • One or both partners carry a chromosomal abnormality
  • The mother is of advanced maternal age
  • The mother has a history of recurrent miscarriages or prior IVF failures
  • The couple wants the best chance of conception when transferring a single embryo
  • Unexplained infertility

For men and women in any of these groups, genetic testing of embryos can increase the chance of bringing home a healthy child.

If you have any additional questions about embryo genetic testing, please contact us today. Our team of fertility specialists is here to assist you.