Most Frequently Asked Questions About Genetic Testing

Genetic testing can be beneficial for many reasons and helps to determine a couple’s viability for a healthy child. It can aid in determining the cause of frequent miscarriages or previously unsuccessful IVF cycles. It can also be used to know if the parents are carriers of a chromosomal disorder, eg, Down Syndrome. Genetic testing can help diagnose causes of infertility, which can help clinicians to create an individualized treatment plan, tailored to a couple’s specific needs.

How does genetic testing work?

Embryos are biopsied in order to gain information pertaining to their health. Cells are removed from the embryo in order to study its genetic material. The sample is taken to the laboratory once the embryo is biopsied and is then tested for genetic abnormalities, which are usually the result of too little or too many chromosomes.

How much time it takes to get test results?

It takes around 7-10 days to receive the results, after the biopsy is taken and laboratory tests. At First Step IVF, the best clinic for IVF in Delhi, the results are always shared on time.

What is the cause of chromosomal disorders?

While the exact cause of chromosomal disorders is generally unknown, abnormalities typically occur during cell division (meiosis and mitosis).

What are some risk factors for chromosomal disorders?

The leading risk factor for chromosomal disorders is maternal age. If a mother will be 35 or older at the time of delivery, the baby is at a higher risk for a genetic disorder.

Another lesser risk factor for the development of chromosomal abnormalities is the way in which a woman processes folic acid.

How do I know if I’m a carrier of a chromosomal disorder?

Carrier screenings tests are performed to determine whether any of the partners is a carrier of chromosomal abnormalities. If the test gives the positive result, this means that the person carries the gene for a particular disease. If the test gives the negative result, this means that the person does not carry that particular gene.

How do I know which type of genetic testing is the correct option for me?

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) are the two types of genetic embryo screenings performed.

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)

It is generally used to diagnose infertility related to:

  • advanced maternal age (over 35)
  • recurrent miscarriages
  • multiple unsuccessful IVF attempts
  • and poor ovarian function in younger women.

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

It is generally used for couples who currently have or are carriers of genetic diseases. PGD is used to identify and differentiate between healthy embryos and carrier embryos. Identification of the healthy embryos helps the intended parents from passing chromosomal abnormalities to their child.

How do I know is embryonic genetic testing is the right option for me?

Not every couple feel good and comfortable to be informed by choosing to conduct genetic testing, few of them might have some reservations. Like any medical procedure or testing, you should always work closely with your doctor to make a decision that is best for you and your family.

Why should I choose First Step IVF for my fertility needs?

At First Step IVF, we hold ourselves to incredibly high standards. Our team of experts is committed towards providing the highest quality, client-centred care, while making sure you feel comfortable and have the proper information to make the best decisions for you and your family.

Our doctors believe in an open communication with all the patients and make sure that all of your questions are answered to your satisfaction. We create individualized treatment plans, tailored to each patient, and ensure that you understand all of the costs and commitments involved before you begin your treatment.

We have all the facilities in our clinic, so all of your needs can be met within our clinic. Our goal is to prepare patients for the challenging, yet rewarding fertility journey to grow their family, and to support you at every step of the way.

How do I contact you?

Please give us a call to make an appointment at +91-8595223355. Our experienced team of fertility experts would be happy to help you on your fertility journey.

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