Genetic Testing Specialist

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New York Fertility Institute

Fertility Specialists & Fertility Clinic located in Upper East Side, New York City, NY

Whether you want to be sure you don’t pass an inherited disease to your baby, or you want to plan your family with gender selection, the most advanced genetic testing is available onsite at New York Fertility Institute. The skilled team offers genetic testing of embryos during in-vitro fertilization, as well as chromosomal testing for pregnant women. To learn more about the benefits of genetic testing, call the office in New York City on Manhattan’s Upper East Side or schedule an appointment online.

Genetic Testing

Who might benefit from genetic testing?  

Genetic testing tells if you, your embryo, or fetus have a specific genetic disorder or a chromosomal abnormality. With today’s cutting-edge technology and the extensive experience of the team at New York Fertility Institute, safe genetic testing occurs on embryos during in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

Your doctor at New York Fertility Institute may recommend genetic testing to:

Determine the cause of infertility

Genetic problems are a factor in about 10% of infertile women and 15% of infertile men. You may benefit from genetic testing if you’re over 35, you have a history of repeated pregnancy loss, or you’ve had multiple failed in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles.

Improve IVF success

Chromosomal problems contribute to unsuccessful IVF cycles, often resulting in the top causes of failed IVF: Spontaneous miscarriage and implantation failure. Testing embryos for chromosome abnormalities significantly improves pregnancy rates following IVF.

Prevent inherited conditions

Many couples get genetic testing when they have a known family history of inherited disorders, or they had a previous pregnancy that was complicated by a chromosomal abnormality. 

Gender selection and family balancing

Genetic testing is used during IVF so parents can choose the gender of their baby.

How is genetic testing performed with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)?

PGD takes place on your embryo during IVF. Your IVF cycle begins by taking medications to stimulate egg production in your ovary. Then your New York Fertility Institute provider removes the mature eggs and fertilizes them with sperm in the onsite lab.

The fertilized eggs grow for 3-5 days, producing embryos that are large enough to undergo genetic testing. After removing a few cells from the embryo, your New York Fertility Institute provider performs one of two possible advanced tests: Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) or comparative genomic hybridization (CGH).

They can examine specific segments of chromosomes using the FISH technique, which is all you need to identify the gender. By comparison, CGH can screen the entire genome, a technique called comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS), easily recognizing gender and any type of genetic problem.

What should I know about chromosomal testing?

The doctors at New York Fertility Institute perform prenatal chromosomal analysis to identify errors that cause birth defects such as Down syndrome, trisomies 13 and 18, and intellectual disabilities. Pregnant women who are not receiving IVF can have chromosome testing using amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling.

If you have questions about genetic or chromosomal testing or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call New York Fertility Institute or use the online booking feature.