If you plan to undergo in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, you’ll need preimplantation genetic testing. At the office of Fangyin Meng, MD, PhD, in Newport Beach, California, you can undergo comprehensive preimplantation genetic testing. These tests look for the chromosomal abnormalities that cause Down syndrome and other conditions. Genetic testing also increases your chances of having a successful pregnancy and a healthy child. To find out if preimplantation genetic testing is right for you, call the office of Fangyin Meng, MD, PhD, today or book a consultation online.
Preimplantation genetic testing is available to test embryos for chromosomal abnormalities. This testing is done before Dr. Meng transfers the embryos into your uterus as part of in-vitro fertilization treatments (IVF).
Chromosomal abnormalities can indicate if the embryo has a disorder like Down syndrome or if you’re a carrier of a genetic disease or disorder that you or your partner could pass along to your child during pregnancy.
Preimplantation genetic testing of embryos increases the live-birth rate. It reduces your risk of miscarriage due to genetic problems in the fetus.
You might need genetic testing if you’ve had repeated miscarriages or if you have a known genetic disease or disorder that puts your child at risk.
You might also need testing if you’re 35 or older, have underlying ovarian dysfunction, or a history of failed fertility treatments.
Before embryos are ready for testing, they develop in an incubator until they reach the blastocyst stage, generally 5-7 days after fertilization occurs in the medical lab.
Dr. Meng removes 5-7 cells from the trophectoderm, part of the embryo that will later become the placenta. She sends the cells to a lab that tests for chromosomal numbers.
The embryos with normal chromosomal numbers that are free of disease are what Dr. Meng transfers into your uterus to achieve a viable pregnancy.
As with any medical procedure, certain risks are involved with preimplantation genetic testing. However, the handling of the embryo that testing requires poses a low risk of damage.
Because the embryo being tested needs to be frozen after Dr. Meng removes the cells, there’s a low risk of losing the embryo during the freezing and thawing processes.
Dr. Meng discusses your options and what to expect from preimplantation genetic testing as part of your consultation for IVF treatments.
To learn more about the benefits and risks of preimplantation genetic testing, call the office of Fangyin Meng, MD, PhD, today or book a consultation online.