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, and it currently stands at over 400. If you’re wondering whether you can have PGD for an illness affecting you or your partner, you can find a full list of licensed genetic conditions on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) website. 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.
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.