Genetics is the main factor determining whether an embryo will result in the birth of a healthy baby. Even at a young age, many eggs are genetically abnormal. As a woman ages, fewer and fewer normal eggs means a lower chance for a normal embryo after fertilization. These genetic facts explain why pregnancy rates decline, early miscarriages increase, and conditions such as Down Syndrome increase as a woman ages.
At Houston Fertility Specialists, we make high-quality, reliable genetic screening and diagnostic testing available to all of our patients.
Genetic carrier screening can help determine if you are at an increased risk of having a child with a serious medical condition.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can be used to prevent transmission of these conditions to your child.
Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) can help to select those embryos with the best chance for pregnancy and limit the risk of miscarriage and Down Syndrome.
Through a special collaboration with a world-leader in reproductive genetics testing, Genesis Genetics, we are able to perform preimplantation genetic testing (genetic testing of the embryo prior to transfer) on our very own campus at Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Genesis Genetics is a pioneer of preimplantation testing of embryos for inherited genetic abnormalities and now offers both PGD and PGS for our patients. The genetic tests are done on-site, and your samples are hand-delivered. You can rest assured that you are getting the highest quality testing with rapid results.
We encourage you to speak with one of our doctors about genetic testing and how these technologies can maximize your chance for a healthy baby.