Tag Archives: PGD

Computers May Help Choose the Best Embryos for IVF

Written on July 9, 2017 at 10:31 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

Researchers in Brazil are developing a new software tool that may help physicians and embryologists choose the best embryos for transfer after an IVF cycle.  The computer technology is supposed to recognize 24 characteristics of embryos, some of which are not detectable to embryologists using even the most sophisticated microscopes.  These characteristics include the size of the embryo, the texture …

Your Infertility and IVF Questions Answered Here…Free

Written on May 24, 2017 at 7:49 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Yes, that’s correct. You can ask a question about infertility or IVF and you will get a prompt answer. And it’s free. You do not have to be a patient of reproductive Partners or even a patient yet; you may just be starting your infertility journey and have not yet seen a doctor. This is a service that Reproductive Partners …

All Women Should be Offered Genetic Screening Prior to Pregnancy

Written on February 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is recommending that all women, regardless of ethnic background, be offered genetic carrier screening prior to pregnancy.  In a new Committee Opinion, ACOG states “Carrier screening and counseling ideally should be performed before pregnancy because this enables couples to learn about their reproductive risk and consider the most complete range of reproductive …

BRCA Positive Patients Do Well Using IVF with PGD

Written on November 30, 2016 at 12:28 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Several studies presented at the recent ASRM annual meeting reviewed data on ART outcomes for BRCA positive patients and the news is positive. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) allows for the transfer of only those embryos free of the mutation and success rates are comparable to the success rate achieved by patients without the mutation.

In a study in Colorado examining …

Pre-pregnancy genetic screening

Written on August 22, 2015 at 3:22 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Genetic testing for inherited genetic conditions is an important component of preconception planning, to assist in assessing the risk of genetic disease in a child, as well as anticipating the management of a woman’s reproductive care. Traditional methods of carrier screening have focused on pan ethnic screening for conditions including cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy, whereas other conditions, including …

RPMG Now Offering Early Embryo Viability Assessment Test (EEVA)

Written on January 31, 2015 at 8:35 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Early Embryo Viability Assessment Test (Eeva) to our patients undergoing an IVF cycle. RPMG was part of the study that led to FDA approval of the procedure.

Eeva is an FDA approved test using time-lapsed video to analyze early embryo development and aid in the selection of the best embryo for …

New Genetic Tests For Those Expecting Or Planning To Get Pregnant

Written on January 10, 2015 at 8:41 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Women expecting a baby or planning a pregnancy are being offered a fast-growing array of tests to check if they are carriers for hundreds of mostly rare genetic diseases, as reported in the January 6th issue of the Wall Street Journal.

Such genetic testing, called carrier screening, has long been targeted mainly at people of certain ethnic groups such as …

IVF with PGD without revealing the results

Written on October 20, 2014 at 10:07 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Doctors are devising new ways to shield patients from information about their odds for disease as genetic testing becomes more common in IVF.

Nondisclosure PGD is mainly associated with diseases for which there is no cure. When patients know there is a treatment, they tend to want information about whether their genetic makeup puts them at higher risk for a …

New “app” for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)

Written on February 18, 2014 at 10:33 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, known as PGD, has been used in conjunction with IVF for years to avoid having a child with a serious genetic disease such as cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atropy and Tay-Sachs. Now, as reported in an article in the February 18 edition of the Wall Street Journal, its use is being extended to aviod transferring a …

Genetic testing of embryos (PGD) raises ethical questions for potential parents

Written on February 9, 2014 at 8:28 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Ar article in the February 4, 2014 edition of the New York Times outlines ethical questions facing couples who have a family history of a genetic disease and choose to have preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) with transfer of unaffected embryos (non-carriers.

Genetic testing of embryos has been around for more than a decade, but its use has soared in recent …