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Genetic testing before IVF- a castle built on sand?

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Chinese Medicine IVF Journey
Genetic Testing Before IVF

Thinking of or on the IVF journey? The following may have some relevance in your decision process.

In the past two decades there has been a significant rise in IVF clinics worldwide offering costly testing of embryos to make sure they have the right number of chromosomes.

Genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) has become a routine add-on for in vitro fertilization (IVF) to determine whether human embryos are to be clinically utilized or disposed of.

The theory is this will improve the chance of a baby by ensuring only chromosomally normal embryos are transferred.

A recently published study shows pre-implantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A), as the test is called, does not increase the odds of having a baby, at least not in women under the age of 38. Read the detail in the links below.

"PGT-A was never clinically validated in its ability to define a human embryo as chromosomal normal, mosaic, or aneuploid, nor certified by a regulatory body, or an authoritative professional organisation".


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