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Genetic Testing

During an IVF procedure, chances are there to develop an embryo with a genetic or chromosomal defect that is passed from their parents or created through IVF. With the advancement in fertility treatment and evolving testing procedures, now it is possible to test the genetic makeup of an embryo developed in-vitro, before they are transferred into the uterine cavity for development. The genetic testing procedures rules out the risk of implantation failures and growth of an embryo with any genetic abnormalities. Rathimed Fertility Centre offers most advanced and updated genetic testing

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procedures to ensure that no genetically abnormal embryos are used for the embryo transfer during an IVF cycle. Genetic testing helps identify genetic defects in embryos and suspected embryos are eliminated from the cycle, thus decreasing pregnancy loss and births with genetic abnormalities. Through genetic testing, we ensure to use only the highest quality eggs for fertilization and use the best embryos to transfer into the uterine cavity. Rathimed Fertility Center offers two procedures for genetic testing to ensure the quality of embryos used for the IVF cycle and for a successful pregnancy with In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The genetic testing procedures are performed prior to the embryo transfer to help ensure a healthy embryo that is free of any abnormalities. Two genetic testing procedures offered at Rathimed Fertility Center are:

  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD): PGD helps diagnose specific genetic disorders and are suggested for couples who are carriers of a genetic abnormality. The test help diagnose conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X, Myotonic Dystrophy, Thalassemia, Tay Sachs,and others in the embryos. When the embryo reaches multi-celled stage, few sample cells are collected through biopsy and are inspected for any genetic abnormality. The embryos that are free from any genetic defects are used for embryo transfer.
  • Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS): PGS helps diagnose chromosomal disorders, (too few or too many chromosomes) in the embryo. PGS is commonly referred to couples who have had recurrent pregnancy loss or when the female partner is of advanced maternal age. When the embryo reaches multi-celled stage, few sample cells are collected through biopsy and are inspected for any chromosomal coding abnormality. PGS was successfully used to screens a number of genetic disorders, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, sickle cell anemia, retinoblastoma, and carriers of BRCA1 and helps identify abnormalities that can cause implantation failure during IVF.

Genetic testing enables to observe the genetic background that could possibly affect the future child. With continuous advancement in this technology, Rathimed Fertility Centre offers an expanded panel that can test for numerous disease conditions and syndromes and have the ability to prevent passing on abnormalities that can affect the offspring. We perform both Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) tests at our state of the art laboratory with all advanced machinery and equipments to produce accurate and precise results at affordable rates. To know more genetic testing and make a choice to whether you need to have them performed before the implantation; visit our centre for more details.