A balanced family is a dream of every parent. Couples who are blessed with a son(s) wish to have a daughter(s) and couples who are enjoying Allah’s blessing in the form of daughters always wish to have a son(s). Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis formerly known as PGD is a treatment of choice for such couple to fulfill their wishes of a Balanced Family. PGD allows the identification of embryos either XX (girl) or XY (boy), before placing them in the mother’s womb. In PGD, desired embryos are placed into the female’s uterus for implantation. PGD enables gender selection accuracy up to 99.9%. PGD is a technique used to identify inheritable genetic diseases.

How does PGD work?

PGD is a technique that enables couples with a particular inherited condition in their family to avoid passing it on to their children. The process helps potential parents prevent the birth of a child with a serious genetic condition. The procedure for PGD is similar to that of in vitro fertilization (IVF), with an extra step to check whether embryos are affected by a serious genetic condition.

Step 1: Stimulation of the ovaries

In order to create embryos for genetic testing, the ovaries have to be artificially stimulated using hormones to produce several eggs at the same time.

Because a significant number of a couple’s embryos are likely to be affected by the genetic or chromosomal abnormality, a large number of embryos need to be created for the best chances of success.

Step 2: Collection of eggs from the ovaries

At the appropriate time, the eggs are removed in during a surgical procedure known as egg retrieval. Once the eggs are removed, they are inspected to determine which are mature and normal appearing.

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