Is there any alternative to PGD to prevent the transmission of genetic diseases?

By Andrea Rodrigo BSc, MSc.
Last Update: 11/09/2016

If preimplantation genetic diagnosis is not done, the only option left would be fetal or prenatal resting through amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). The main disadvantage of this type of genetic testing is that the woman would have no alternative but to choose to terminate her pregnancy in case a genetic disease was detected, given that she has to be already pregnant for these techniques to be carried out.

Alternatively, prospective parents can decide not to use their oocytes and/or sperms to avoid the transmission of genetic diseases to their offspring. In such case, donor gametes would be used.

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BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
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