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Genetics and PGD

One in 50 babies are born with a range of inherited genetic conditions. These can often have a devastating impact on the lives of the child and the family. Detecting genetic issues before pregnancy is becoming an increasingly precise science.  Preconception testing can help identify healthy carriers, whilst preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can be offered to couples wishing to avoid the risk of having an unhealthy child.

The Bridge Centre offers consultations with our qualified genetic counsellor, Karen Sage, to both infertile and fertile couples. These consultations cover a wide range of genetic issues including any family history of disease with a known genetic cause, genetic risk assessment, reproductive options, genetic risks associated with ethnic origins and possible genetic causes of infertility.

Following assessment, genetic tests may then be recommended and the implications of the test results for you and your wider family will be carefully explained.  
These simple tests may include:

  • Specific genetic tests relating to infertility
  • Karyotyping (chromosome analysis) to identify any chromosome abnormalities
  • A single preconception test to screen for over 100 of the most prevalent and serious inherited diseases. 

When appropriate, our counsellor will also explain any recommended genetic testing of embryos following IVF treatment.

The Bridge team has nearly 10 years of experience in assisting infertility patients with Preimplantation Genetic Analysis

Over 600 Cases:

  • 488 Aneuploidy
  • 90 Translocation
  • 50 Single Gene disorders

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