When it comes to solving fertility issues, Idaho Fertility Center has one of the top success rates in the country, thanks to our board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and the advanced technological techniques we employ. In vitro fertilization or IVF, allows us special advantages such as diagnosing problems not normally seen, giving us the ability to see and evaluate eggs and the fertilization rate of eggs with sperm.
Preimplantation Genetic Testing – PGT
This testing is used to help fertility specialists to screen embryos for their chromosomal makeup and certain diseases. It involves taking out eggs from a woman’s ovaries where they can be fertilized in a laboratory. This is often done even with women who are fertile but have a genetic variation that raises the risk of the infant having a genetic condition, or in our patients who have a greater risk of passing on a genetic disorder, such as fragile x, breast cancer, cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia.
Preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (too few or too many chromosomes) was formerly called PGS, or preimplantation genetic screening. It allows us to look at chromosomal makeup to identify genetically unbalanced embryos to help achieve higher pregnancy success rates while also reducing failed implantation and miscarriage rates that can randomly arise in embryos during their development.
While all women are at risk of having chromosomally abnormal embryos, women who are in their late 30’s and early 40’s are at a greater risk of chromosome abnormalities and genetically unbalanced embryos after having IVF. This test provides information about the embryos’ genetic health so we can transfer the healthiest embryos for a successful pregnancy. This testing can also lower the number of IVF cycles that might be needed to be done for pregnancy to occur.
Preimplantation genetic testing for chromosomal structural rearrangements allows us to screen embryos for known genetic disorders. A special probe specific to the disorder being screened for is used and can identify the embryos that will be carriers of the disease and those that will be affected by it.
PGT Gender Selection
Gender selection is an option when preimplantation genetic testing is performed. The sex of the embryo can be detected with a 99% accuracy rate. Some families may have a strong desire to balance their family and complete IVF with genetic testing for that reason only. The majority of people going through in vitro fertilization and genetic testing are led to that option due to infertility, age, miscarriages or because of a specific disorder they are screening for. But because information regarding the sex of the embryo is available when genetic testing is done, many people choose to learn that information. Screening for a family history of disease that affects one particular gender, such as hemophilia, Fragile X syndrome, or muscular dystrophy can help couples looking to conceive.
If you are looking for help with your fertility issues and want to know more about preimplantation genetic testing in Idaho Falls, Idaho, please contact Idaho Fertility Center at 208-529-2019 today. We are here to help you achieve the family of your dreams!