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PGD - Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

PGD - Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a technique used in assisted reproductive technology (ART) that involves screening embryos before they are implanted into the uterus. The purpose of PGD is to identify genetic defects in embryos and select those without genetic abnormalities to be implanted, thus reducing the risk of passing on genetic diseases or disorders to offspring.

PGD is typically used in couples who are carriers of genetic diseases or who have a family history of certain genetic disorders. The process involves fertilizing eggs in vitro, allowing them to develop into embryos, and then removing one or more cells from each embryo for genetic testing. The embryos are then screened for genetic mutations or chromosomal abnormalities, and only the healthy embryos are selected for transfer to the uterus.

PGD can be used for a variety of genetic disorders, including single-gene disorders like cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia, as well as chromosomal abnormalities like Down syndrome. It can also be used for gender selection, although this is a controversial use of the technology.

PGD is a highly specialized procedure that requires advanced training and expertise in reproductive genetics. It is typically performed at specialized fertility clinics by reproductive endocrinologists and genetic counselors. At Aashakiran IVF, we offer PGD as part of our suite of services to help couples achieve healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.