PGD patient pathway - a step by step guide to the PGD process at CARE Fertility

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Stage 1

Medical referral and registration as a CARE patient.

Stage 2

Obtain mutation analysis, if possible.

Stage 3

Attend consultation and counselling at CARE.

Stage 4

Design and optimisation of PGD test using blood samples or cheek swabs.

This can take up to 12 weeks depending on the disease and the mutation.

Stage 5

If the disease is one for which CARE are already licensed to test for, we would arrange a PGD Review Consultation to proceed with treatment.

If the disease is one for which we do not already hold a license then an HFEA application would be required. Approval can take up to 3 months following submission. When received, we would then book a PGD Review Consultation to proceed with treatment.

Stage 6

This is the first stage of the IVF cycle up to the second day after egg recovery (Day 2).

Stage 7

Embryo Biopsy (Day 3)

Stage 8

Genetic Analysis

Stage 9

Transfer of embryos identified as being free of the inherited genetic disease (usually Day 5).

Stage 10

Pregnancy testing at 14-16 days after embryo transfer.

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CARE Fertility Pioneering Firsts

1978 - World's first IVF baby

1981 - First male factor patient treated

1982 - World's first baby delivered after intrauterine sperm/egg transfer

1984 - World's first baby from blastocyst transfer

1990 - World's first baby born after micro-injection

1992 - Britain's first SUZI treatment baby

1992 - Britain's first "sugar drop" frozen embryo baby

1996 - World's first testicular spermatid baby

2007 - Europe's first baby born following embryo screening using Comparative Genomic Hybridisation (CGH)

2009 - Birth of World's First baby following array CGH screening

2010 - UK's first baby born through PGD for HLA tissue matching

2010 - Blastocyst Chromosome Screening - UK's first baby born

2010 - First multi-factorial genetic chromosome tissue typing and translocation analysis of embryos in an IVF cycle

2010 - First UK based total treatment cycle for PGD and HLA Tissue Matching - Fanconi Anaemia

2011 - First UK pregnancy following use of an Embryoscope

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