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The Importance of PGT Testing of Embryos

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In the realm of assisted reproductive technology (ART), Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) stands out as a groundbreaking tool that offers hope and empowerment to individuals and couples striving to build families. This cutting-edge procedure, also known as PGT, holds immense significance in modern fertility treatments, revolutionizing the way we approach family planning.

Understanding PGT:

Preimplantation Genetic Testing involves the examination of embryos created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) to identify genetic abnormalities or chromosomal variations before they are implanted into the uterus. There are different types of PGT:

The Importance of PGT Testing:

Ethical Considerations:

While PGT holds immense promise, it also raises ethical considerations regarding embryo selection, genetic manipulation, and the potential for unintended consequences. It's essential to approach PGT with careful consideration of ethical principles, ensuring that decisions are guided by respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice.

Conclusion:

Preimplantation Genetic Testing represents a transformative advancement in reproductive medicine, offering hope, choice, and empowerment to individuals and couples facing fertility challenges or genetic risks. By harnessing the power of genetic screening, PGT not only enhances the chances of successful pregnancy but also enables the prevention of hereditary diseases and promotes informed family planning. 

At OC Fertility, we encourage patients to consider PGT testing as they move forward with their IVF journey. This can often alleviate stress and worry due to prior losses and can help reduce the time and treatment necessary for family building.



Author
Nidhee Sachdev, MD, FAOCG Dr. Nidhee Sachdev Nidhee Sachdev, MD has trained among the most prestigious and diverse medical programs in the country, including fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the prestigious New York University (NYU) Langone Fertility Center in New York City where she conducted research on preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she earned the academic distinction of chief resident in obstetrics and gynecology, and trained under a top recurrent pregnancy loss expert. Dr. Sachdev is passionate about providing individualized, collaborative patient care. She started her medical career right here in Orange County, earning her Doctor of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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