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What Is Genetic Testing?

What Is Genetic Testing?

Conceiving a child can be a long and challenging process, especially if you’re relying on the help of modern gynecology to achieve that goal. Naturally, you want to ensure your attempt has the highest chance of success. Testing embryos before implantation can help ensure the best possible outcome, and it can prevent heartbreak in situations where hereditary illnesses or genetic incompatibility are involved. 

Our team of reproductive specialists at University Reproductive Associates can help you obtain genetic testing when undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) if you’ve had issues in the past or have a family history that makes you worry about embryonic health.  

How preimplantation genetic testing works 

You’ve likely heard about genetic testing. DNA databases are amassing archives to fill out historical records and family trees for those already born, and we’ve been using genetic testing to evaluate embryos for years. 

During procedures like IVF, we may recommend testing embryos before implantation. Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) searches for issues like missing or additional chromosomes, gene disorders like sickle cell anemia, and other genetic complications that might endanger your baby. 

When it comes time to choose which embryo(s) to implant, the chances of development into a healthy baby are much higher. 

When to consider genetic testing 

There are many kinds of genetic testing. You can dig into your ancestry, diagnose hereditary illnesses, and increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. 

If you want to learn more about your baby before birth, PGT is a great way to screen for defects and prevent heartbreak. 

IVF and PGT go hand in hand. If you’re a good candidate for one, you likely qualify for the other. This includes women who: 

Couples who have children with defects such as aneuploidy should receive testing before having additional children. This is also recommended for couples who may be carriers for genetic diseases, the HbSS gene responsible for the most severe type of sickle cell disease, or even the BRCA gene that significantly increases risk for some of the most virulent forms of female reproductive cancers. 

Our team at University Reproductive Associates usually recommends genetic testing to ensure the IVF process will result in a viable pregnancy and the birth of a healthy child.

To learn more and begin the screening process, call the URA location closest to you or request an appointment online


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