Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Now Have New Names
Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) now have new names. In order establish consistency across infertility clinics, the International Glossary on Infertility and Fertility Care recently published new terminology related to the genetic screening of embryos. PGS and PGD are terms we have used to describe genetic testing of embryos before a […]
Why Genetic Testing?
At least one in 30 people are a carrier of a genetic disorder. Most carriers don’t have a family history of a genetic disease. Many patients ask us why genetic testing is important to consider? Being a carrier of a genetic disorder does not usually affect one’s individual health, but being a carrier does mean […]
PGS, preimplantation genetic screening, can be used to be sure only embryos with normal chromosomes are transferred back into the uterus. It can also be used for family balancing. Many patients wonder if we can determine if the embryos going back into them are normal and wonder if the sex of the embryos can be […]
Fertility Centers of New England is proud to announce the most cost-effective embryo screening program available called IVF Select. “Our expanded collaboration with Good Start Genetics of Cambridge, MA allows us to pass along cost-effective savings to our patients requesting embryo screening for normal chromosomes,” said Joseph A. Hill, MD, president, Fertility Centers of New England. “The technique involves next […]
What are Chromosomes?
How Do Chromosomes Affect My Chance of a Successful Pregnancy? The excitement of learning you’re pregnant is often met with anxiety of the unknown. Questions about your baby’s health and development may start to overwhelm you. An abnormal number of chromosomes is often at the heart of many of the fear-inducing issues you will face. […]
The Difference Between PGD and PGS
Wondering what is the difference between PGD and PGS? Here are the details in this video by Dr. Vitiello. Click here to watch: The Difference Between PGD and PGS Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) involves screening single cells from embryos for genetic diseases and chromosomal disorders. This testing is performed with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) […]
Evolution of Cost-Effective Embryo Screens
ART advances have increased dramatically including the evolution of cost-effective embryo screens. In the 1990s, PGS was proposed to improve IVF outcomes with transfer of chromosomally-normal embryos. Initially, it was designed for women of more advanced reproductive age, women experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss and those anticipated to have lower success. Fast forward twenty years to […]
Preimplantation Genetic Testing
In this five part series preimplantation genetic testing is defined and the categories of genetic disorders that preimplantation genetic testing may identify are described. Preimplantation genetic testing for diagnosis is referred to as PGD and is used to identify specific chromosomal or genetic defects in embryos created though in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm […]
BRCA1 (BReast CAncer) and BRCA2 are human genes known as tumor suppressors. Harmful mutations of these genes can be linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. In the U.S., between one in 400 – 800 people in the general population carry a BRCA mutation. Individuals with Ashkenazi Jewish background have an increased […]