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We Perform Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

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The professionals at Reproductive Medicine Institute specialize in fertility treatments and testing. We provide compassionate care to patients who want to become parents. Among the ways we help is through preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). We offer these forms of genetic testing at five convenient fertility clinics in Chicago, IL, and the surrounding area. We know the path to conception and carrying a pregnancy to term can be a long and arduous journey for some. But our team is committed to helping you navigate the process and grow your family.


What Is Genetic Testing?

Preimplantation genetic screening and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGS/PGD) is performed before in vitro fertilization (IVF) to identify any at-risk embryos. These embryos may exhibit potential genetic conditions that may lead to disease after birth. Reproductive Medicine Institute performs genetic testing during the IVF cycle to improve patients’ chances of a safe pregnancy and prevent future concerns. Genetic testing may also be used by couples and individuals who wish to reproduce traditionally but are worried about passing along detrimental genetic traits. Regardless of your motivation, our board-certified physicians will help you understand the process and provide the most advanced fertility services available.

Why You Should Choose Reproductive Medicine Institute

Reproductive Medicine Institute has been treating patients’ fertility issues in Chicago, IL since 2008. Our team of specialists has decades’ worth of combined experience in the field, and we are confident we can help you before and during your pregnancy. Since our humble beginnings, we have become one of the largest and most successful fertility centers in the Midwest. Patients from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and beyond visit our five convenient locations scattered throughout the Greater Chicago area. At each, you will find state-of-the-art medical technology in a friendly environment full of compassionate professionals who care about you. We provide the emotional support you need to navigate the anxiety that may come with pregnancy. And we are committed to helping you regardless of your circumstances. We are proud to offer flexible financing solutions from trusted lending companies in the area.

Understanding the PGS/PGD Process

To begin the PGS/PGD process, we will obtain embryos. We can create these embryos by doing an IVF cycle or use cryopreserved embryos from a previous cycle. Our team will remove several of the embryos’ cells for genetic testing. In our fertility lab, we evaluate the cells according to a patient’s specific needs. The extent and type of testing are determined on a case-by-case basis. We will thoroughly examine the embryos for any areas of concern. Ideally, we will identify multiple embryos with no genetic problems. We will then place one into a uterus – usually via IVF – and cryopreserve the rest for later use. Any embryos with problematic genes are destroyed. The process may take several weeks, but we will keep you abreast of your timeline so that you know what to expect every step of the way.

Who Benefits From Preimplantation Genetic Screening?

Genetic testing benefits anyone who may have a congenital disease or genetic mutation that could cause disease. Our goal is to maximize the chances of success, so we are happy to offer PGS/PGD to a broad range of individuals and couples. Screened embryos have a higher implantation rate than their unscreened counterparts, making the process appealing to those who want to start a family immediately. Among those who may reap the benefits of genetic testing are:

  • Individuals who have sex-linked genetic disorders
  • Individuals who have single-gene disorders
  • Individuals with chromosomal disorders
  • Women aged 35 and older
  • Women who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Women who have undergone more than one failed fertility treatment

Contact Reproductive Medicine Institute Today

Whether you plan to undergo an in vitro fertilization cycle or want to screen your embryos before traditional reproduction, genetic testing can improve your chances of a successful pregnancy and reduce your child’s risk of disease. Reproductive Medicine Institute offers preimplantation genetic screening and preimplantation genetic diagnosis in Chicago, IL, and the surrounding area. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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