Preimplantation Genetic Screening in NY
What’s the Purpose of Preimplantation Genetic Screening?
Preimplantation genetic screening is a test that takes place before an embryo is implanted during the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. The Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PSG) tests for chromosomal anomalies in the preimplantation embryos in order to increase the patient’s likelihood of carrying a pregnancy to term. PGS testing in NY is extremely common among patients going through IVF.
Chromosomal Abnormalities Detected by PGS
Because human cells have 46 chromosomes (23 were donated by the egg and 23 by the sperm), if there is an extra copy or a missing copy, this will severely inhibit the embryo’s ability to develop to a healthy term baby and can be a cause for miscarriage. Having one extra chromosome, called Trisomy 21 will often result in a miscarriage — although in rare cases it will survive and be born with Down’s syndrome.
There are many other types of chromosomal abnormalities, most of which PGS can screen for. Certain patients are at an increased risk for these abnormalities, for example women over the age of 36 or women who have experienced multiple miscarriages. This type of testing is standard across the board and can be set up rather quickly with very little advanced planning. In some cases, a patient may be at serious risk of conceiving a baby which is affected by both a chromosomal anomaly as well as a specific genetic disease. In these circumstances it is usually possible to test for both problems at the same time through preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
Preimplantation Genetic Testing Study
NYU Langone RS of NY is conducting a research study with Stony Brook University and The New School. This is a voluntary study for women and men who are thinking about, have chosen to do, or have chosen not to do preimplantation genetic testing within the past 6 months. The study is anonymous and online. The purpose of this study is to investigate considerations, concerns, and factors underlying the decision-making process about whether to use PGT testing. View here to learn more!
Learn More About PGS in NY
Are you interested in preimplantation genetic screening in New York? NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York are the experts in PGS and IVF. We will stand by you every step of the way to assist you in carrying a healthy pregnancy to term. Contact us today to learn more and see if PGS is right for you.