What is pre-implantation genetic testing?
Pre-implantation genetic testing involves carrying out tests on embryos created through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to detect certain inherited conditions or abnormalities.
This helps to ensure that only unaffected embryos are selected before they are transferred to the womb.
Conventional pre-natal tests for genetic diseases cannot be carried out until the 12th week of pregnancy.
Testing embryos before they are implanted could help avoid miscarriage or could help you and your partner to avoid having to make the difficult decision about whether to risk getting pregnant or whether to have an abortion.
Pre-implantation genetic testing options:
Page last updated: 01 April 2014