How Preimplantation Genetic Screening Works
Who Should Consider Preimplantation Genetic Screen
Preimplantation Genetic Screening increases the success rates of frozen embryo transfers. Although PGS requires an additional step in the IVF process, this screening can significantly reduce the risk for miscarriage and failed transfers.
It is also important to understand that as women age, the chance of chromosome abnormality increases. If you’re over the age of 35 years old, you may want to discuss Preimplantation Genetic Screening with your fertility doctor. However, even in young women there is still a fairly high risk for chromosomal errors in embryos. PGS is recommended for women of any age who have experienced recurrent miscarriage, whether they conceived naturally and/or through fertility treatment.
Benefits of Preimplantation Genetic Screening with your IVF treatment
Chromosomal abnormalities are often responsible for roughly 70 percent of miscarriages in early pregnancy. Therefore, Preimplantation Genetic Screening can increase your chance of a successful pregnancy.
In addition to some of the benefits we’ve highlighted above, other benefits are:
• Increases the chance of a healthy pregnancy across all age groups
• Higher pregnancy rates per transfer
• Fewer cycles of IVF treatment needed (less time and money)
• Allows for single-embryo transfer by identifying the embryo that has the best chances of implanting and leading to a healthy child. Single Embryo Transfer (SET) can help reduce the possibility of health complications that are often associated with twin and/or triplet pregnancies. Multiple pregnancies can also possibly cause increased risk for complications during pregnancy, such as preterm birth, abnormal placental function, preeclampsia, and NICU costs.
If you use Preimplantation Genetic Screening, it can reduce the amount of time in between IVF cycles. For example: If you go through an IVF cycle and a normal embryo is not identified, you can start your next cycle right away.
When planning your IVF treatment, talking to your doctor about Preimplantation Genetic Screening and whether they feel it’s something that would be a fit for your fertility history and goals is worth exploring. As we hope you’ve seen, PGS has medical benefits for you and your future children because it screens your embryos for chromosomal imbalances before they are even transferred into the uterus. This means you can give yourself peace of mind and a higher chance at success on your next IVF cycle. Ultimately, when it comes to PGS, nothing could be more beneficial than a healthy baby in your arms!