Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)

Prevent genetic conditions or illnesses from passing to the next generation.  

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) allows us to genetically test embryos before transfer. So, if you or your partner have a genetic illness or condition in your family and are worried about passing it onto your children, PGD could give you some peace of mind. 

Could pre-implantation genetic diagnosis be for me?

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is for those who are concerned about passing an inherited disease or condition, like cystic fibrosis, beta thalassaemia and fanconi anaemia, onto their children. You won’t necessarily have fertility problems, though if needed we can help with these too.

Since pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) was first licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) the list of genetic conditions we can test for has been growing steadily. PGD can be performed for almost any single gene disorder with an identified mutation and availability of appropriate family members. If you’re wondering whether you can have PGD for an illness affecting you or your partner, we can provide you with a complete list of licensed genetic conditions. If your condition isn’t on this list, we’ll investigate whether we can develop a test for it and then ask the HFEA for approval. 

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) allows us to genetically test embryos before transfer.

What does PGD involve?

Put simply, we test the genetic material in cells taken from your embryos for a specific condition or illness. If we find embryos that are free from the condition, we can then transfer these to the womb and continue IVF treatment. Our detailed case review process plus individualised test design enables us to select the technology most appropriate for each family.

If you’d like a little more detail, speak to your local clinic or contact us.