Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis 

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is used to screen embryos at risk of developing serious single gene (monogenetic) disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington disease, and spinal muscular dystrophies. The main benefit of PDG is for couples with family history with a high risk of severe monogenetic disorders, as PGD allows the specialists to determine which embryos are affected with a single gene disorder prior to implantation. This means that an embryo without those disorders are implanted


PGD is an exceedingly complex procedure. Here at Compass we want to guide you and ensure you choose a treatment plan that is appropriate for your circumstances. If you want to learn more about PGD and how it can benefit your treatment, fill out the form below and one of our scientists will be in touch, or scroll down to read more. 

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About PGD

PGD is a technique that can be used by couples who have concerns regarding family history in relation to genetic conditions or know that they carry a serious genetic condition. PGD can then be used to reduced the chances of having a child who suffers from the genetic condition.

PGD is a specific screen. This means that when undergoing the test our lab needs to know which specific genes to look for. Often finding the gene is a long process and is complicated by the need for extensive testing on patients prior to the IVF cycle. This can be a stressful time, and as such, we assign a genetic counsellor to each of our patients so they understand the process and are able to make an informed decision regarding the results.

Important facts  

  • Because of the nature of PGD Compass caps the total possible spend. This means regardless of the number of embryos being tested you wont pay more that $2,992.

  • You will need to speak with a genetic councillor prior to commencing your cycle to ensure that we understand the genes being screened.

  • When you undergo PGD, it isn’t possible to receive a "fresh" transfer as all cells have to be analysed after the embryo reaches Day 5. This means that all embryos are frozen and transferred after analysis has been completed.

  • If we have never tested for you particular gene type before we may have to develop a new testing protocol and this can take some time. We will discuss this with you prior to your EPU.