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The Benefits of PGS: Detecting Birth Complications and Defects By Sonja Kristiansen, MD on October 29, 2016

Fertility specialists fertilizing an egg in a labThe people of Houston know that our team of fertility specialists are some of the finest in the area. We offer safe, effective treatments using state-of-the-art technology and an emphasis on proper patient education and patient care.

In addition to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and artificial insemination services, we also provide lab services and advanced diagnostics. This kind of testing and lab work can improve IVF treatment and even prevent serious health issues that impact mothers and their babies. With this in mind, we would like to consider PGS and how it may be able to help you.

What is Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)?

Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) refers to an analysis of the chromosomes of an embryo. This is done before the embryo is placed during in vitro fertilizaiton (IVF) in order to catch and prevent chromosomal abnormalities from affecting the development of a child. In essence, it is thanks to PGS, miscarriages and potential birth defects can be avoided.

What Are Chromosomal Abnormalities?

Chromosomal abnormalities refer to problems with portions of the chromosomal DNA. These anomalies, mutations, and aberrations may take the form of missing chromosomes, extra chromosomes, or irregular chromosomes.

Some examples of chromosomal conditions that can affect a childn's birth and development include:

  • Down Syndrome
  • Edwards Syndrome
  • Klinefelter Syndrome
  • Turner Syndrome

Proper Detection of Potential Chromosomal Issues

Because PGS carefully analyzes the chomosomees of embryos, it is a very accurate method of preventing chromosomal abnormalities should they occur. This is a great supplement to preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which is a means of diagnosing other birth defects that are not chromosomal in nature (e.g., cystic fibrosis).

Prevention of Miscarriage for Women at Risk

Women who have had a previous miscarriage may be at risk for another miscarriage or chromosomal issues. PGS can help limit the risk of losing another pregnancy and the hardships that are often part of the aftermath of the loss of a pregnancy.

Ensures the Health of the Mother and Child

Thanks to PGS, fertility specialists have another means to help ensure the health of a mother and child during IVF treatment. Tests such as these help avoid complications and improve overall quality of care.

Excellent for Older Women and Couples

Since women aged 35 and older run a greater risk of chromosomal issues, birth defects, and pregnancy loss, PGS is a sound option to consider to minimize various risks associated with older women who undergo IVF.

Increases Chances of Successful Pregnancy and Childbirth

By limiting risks for women and their babies, PGS is a great means of boosting the overall chances of successful pregnancy from IVF. This is, in summation, the overall primary benefit of PGS.

Is PGS Right for Me?

If you are undergoing IVF treatment and are older, have a family history of chromosomal abnormalities, or have medical issues related to chromosomal issues, PGS is likely a good option for your. During your consultation with our team, we will be more than happy to go over this and many other options for improving the safety and quality of your IVF treatment.

Learn More About Advanced Fertility Treatments

For more information about PGS and your many other options for ensuring the health of your child, be sure ot contact our team of fertility specialists today. Our team will work closely with you to address all of your concerns.

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Dr. Sonja Kristiansen

Houston Fertility Center

Dr. Sonja Kristiansen is the founder and Medical Director of Houston Fertility Center. She is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist Infertility (REI) specialist who is proud to help hopeful parents fulfill their dreams of having children. Our center is affiliated with the:

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Texas Medical Association

We provide convenient care for patients from greater Houston and visitors from out of town. For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (713) 225-5375 today.

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