Preimplantation Genetic Testing:  The Best Way to Prevent Abnormal Genetic Defects in Babies

The worst thing that can happen to a woman looking forward to bring forth life is suffering a miscarriage. You may have tried everything under the sun to ensure you carry your pregnancy to full term, but none of these measures seem to work. While seeking a surrogate’s services may seem like the best alternative, it might not be the best option, especially if you want to bond with your baby during pregnancy. The good news is that your Newport Beach preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) facility at OC Fertility can provide you with a second chance to watch your baby grow and join the world in style. Read on to find out what the procedure involves.

What happens during a PGT procedure?

Preimplantation genetic testing is a procedure used to identify embryos’ genetic defects before pregnancy. During the session, the embryo will be tested to determine whether it has inherited an already known genetic defect from both parents.

Once an unaffected embryo has been identified, it can be transferred to the uterus before implantation. This provides the best alternative to current diagnostic procedures conducted after conception that may prompt parents to terminate a pregnancy.

The benefits of PGT

Because PGT is an alternative to prenatal diagnostic testing, it provides parents with an opportunity to avoid late diagnosis associated with pregnancy. It allows you to choose an embryo that will not have to bear with the consequences of inheriting one or both parents’ abnormal genetic factors.

The decision to terminate a pregnancy for varied reasons is not only risky, but it is also traumatic. Once the genetic abnormality results have been revealed, you will not have to live with the risk and traumatic experience associated with termination.

With PGT, parents have the opportunity to bring forth children that do not bear abnormal genetic factors. This particularly works for couples that find prenatal testing and termination as an unacceptable choice. Initially, such parents would have the option of adopting a child, surrogacy, or embryo donation to prevent their known unusual genetics from affecting their children. Therefore, PGT allows these couples to have a child who is free of any known condition. 

Will the baby born following PGT be affected?

There is no substantial evidence suggesting that babies conceived through PGT are at a greater risk of abnormality than babies conceived through other methods. That not only proves it is a risk-free procedure, but it also illustrates how science can work for your advantage. However, there might be cases where the baby may be born prematurely or weigh less than naturally-conceived babies. Still, your doctor can monitor the progress of babies born under PGT to ensure they stay healthy.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing Procedures Work

Now that this scientifically-proven procedure has been tried and tested with high success rates, couples with abnormal genetic conditions can rest assured that they can rely on it to bring forth healthy babies. To learn more about how PGT works, as well as its benefits, schedule your appointment online today.

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