Not all courses of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis IVF treatment follow the exact same stages. Clinics and hospitals occasionally carry out the procedure in different ways. Some fertility centres wait considerably longer before beginning the genetic diagnosis process to allow a greater number of cells to be examined.
However, most PGD IVF treatment in the UK comprises the following eight steps:
1. An initial assessment to establish whether you are a suitable candidate for PGD IVF.
2. You will then have standard in vitro fertilisation treatment to collect and fertilise your eggs.
3. The embryo is grown in the laboratory until it has divided into approximately eight cells.
4. One, or sometimes two, of these cells are then carefully removed from the embryo.
5. These cells are tested for abnormal genes that may cause genetic conditions.
6. Unaffected, normal embryos can then be transferred to the womb.
7. Any remaining healthy embryos can be frozen, should they be needed at a later date.
8. Approximately two weeks after the embryo has been transferred, the patient is given a pregnancy test.
As you can see, the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis IVF process is not vastly different from standard in vitro fertilisation treatment. It can give real hope to women who may have been resigned to being unable to have children.
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