If you've struggled to maintain a pregnancy in the past or have a child with genetic health issues, preimplantation genetic testing may be an option for you. At Gago Center for Fertility, with offices in Ann Arbor, Brighton, and Lansing, Michigan, Laura April Gago, MD, offers this innovative testing opportunity to help prevent you from passing genetic disorders or diseases to your child during pregnancy. Find out if preimplantation genetic testing is an option for you by calling the office nearest you or use the convenient online booking feature.
Preimplantation genetic testing is a diagnostic procedure useful in identifying genetic abnormalities in an embryo before it’s implanted into your uterus during in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. The purpose of the test is to prevent certain genetic diseases or disorders from being passed to your child.
Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy (PGT-A), formally known as PGS, is used to determine if embryos have a normal number of chromosomes (46XX or 46XY) or abnormal (not enough or too many) chromosomes. These alterations can prevent implantation to the uterine lining, lead pregnancy loss, or result in the birth of a child with significant health problems, physical deformities, mental retardation, and/or developmental delays.
While preimplantation genetic testing is highly successful in identifying potentially harmful genetic disorders before you implant an embryo, it can’t completely eliminate your risk. There are genetic issues that can develop later in a pregnancy that the test can’t detect beforehand. PGT is estimated to be 98% accurate.
We also offer PGT-M for single gene disorder testing, and PGT-SR for structural rearrangements. Our Fertility Specialist can discuss this with you in more detail at your visit.