How PGD is performed
PGD involves genetic testing of the oocytes and/or embryos
obtained by undergoing IVF.
IVF is an assisted reproductive procedure where
fertilization of the egg occurs outside of the body in a
The oocyte (egg) is removed from the woman?s ovary and is
placed with the male?s sperm.
If the sperm fertilizes the egg, the fertilized egg (zygote)
begins to divide. The genetic status of the embryo(s) can be
determined before the embryo(s) is/are transferred into the
The following procedures are necessary when undergoing PGD:
Fertilization and Embryo Culture
Polar body removal and/or blastomere biopsy
Preimplantation Genetic - Diagnosis in blastomeres
Embryo transfer and implantation