Burjeel IVF has a full-service state of the art Genetics Laboratory capable of performing genetic testing on embryos.
Genetic Testing is performed on embryos and designed to detect specific genes that could result in a disease or chromosomal abnormalities that could prevent a pregnancy from progressing.
We at Burjeel IVF offer Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS)
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
PGD is a type of test that is performed on embryos in the laboratory 5 or 6 days after egg retrieval. A small sample from each appropriately-developing embryo is removed for the purposes of testing. PGD gives us information about each embryo tested. The chromosomal information obtained in the PGD results indicates whether the embryo is male or female, or if there are any chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome or types of chromosomal abnormalities that can often be the cause of miscarriage. Our test includes information about the 24 different chromosomes with 98% accuracy.
PGD is recommended where there is an identified genetic condition present in one or both of the parents, or if a couple have previously had an affected child. It is possible to test embryos produced in IVF for a specific condition, and only those that are normal are replaced.
Pre Genetic Screening (PGS)
PGS is a less specific test, where embryos are checked for chromosomal abnormalities.
Couples undergoing IVF may select PGS because they have severe male factor infertility, recurrent IVF failures, older age or a very large number of embryos. PGS can be used by those experiencing multiple miscarriages who may have different types of translocations where a piece of one chromosome breaks off and attaches to another chromosome resulting in a gain or loss of a cell’s genetic material.