Skip to main content


Genetic screening or PGS is a more advanced treatment offered to one a couple with infertility. It is normally combined with IVF, and involves biopsy and genetic testing of the embryos before they are transferred.PGS is a technique which ensures that the embryo is genetically healthy (Euploid) before it is transferred back to the uterus.

The method of embryo biopsy is the same for both PGS and PGD but the reasons for which they are done are different. PGS is the test prescribed to screen all 23 sets of chromosomes and detect any addition or deletion of chromosomes. For example: Down Syndrome, Turners Syndrome. Whereas, PGD is used to check for a single gene defect. For Example DMD, Thalassemia.

We have noticed that both terms are often misunderstood, so we will do our best to make things clearer.

PGS (Pre-implantation genetic screening)

PGS is a specialized procedure that is used by fertility specialists to determine the number of chromosomes in each embryo created during IVF.

The expected number of chromosomes expected for healthy humans is usually 23 pairs inherited from both parents. PGS enables us to check if the developed embryos have fewer or excess of this number.

In normal IVF, two or three embryos are usually transferred into the uterus for implantation and to increase the chances of pregnancy. Unfortunately, this comes with a risk of multiple pregnancies.

With genetic screening, the embryos can be examined, and only the one with the right amount and order of chromosomes is implanted. This reduces the risk of aneuploidy, miscarriages and multiple pregnancies.

This is important because having too many or too few chromosomes (aneuploidy) is one of the major causes of failed implantation and miscarriages. Unfortunately, the odds of chromosome abnormalities increases as a woman ages, so it’s common to recommend PGS with IVF for women of advanced maternal age. Women who have experienced recurrent miscarriages may also undergo the test.

Although PGS doesn’t test for specific diseases, it can also help to detect disorders such as Turner’s syndrome or Down’s syndrome. This usually occurs when there’s translocation, where a part of a chromosome breaks off and reattaches on another chromosome.

The major advantage of PGS is that it maximizes the chances of conception by reducing the risk of miscarriage. It can also help to prevent multiple IVF cycles, thus saving you time and money. We mostly recommend this screening to women over 35 to increase their chances of a successful healthy pregnancy.

How Can PGS Help You?

It is important to understand that these advanced techniques are not for everyone and should be recommended only in cases where it is indicated.

Patients without any genetic abnormality can benefit from PGS. Other cases why PGS may be recommended includes:

  • Female partners over 35 years of age
  • Women who have had recurrent miscarriages
  • Couples who want a single embryo transfer to avoid multiple pregnancies
  • Couples who have had three or more unsuccessful IVF cycles
  • Couples who have had failed implantations in the past

PGD (Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis)

Couples with an existing genetic disorder can employ PGD to test developed embryos for specific gene mutations. In other words, PGD ensures the couple have a child that doesn’t have the same genetic defect they have.

A genetic defect can also be passed to the child if the couple don’t have it but is inherited from a precedding generation.

This is why beyond testing patients; we also try to evaluate their family history to identify any thing that can potentially affect the unborn child.

After using PGD to identify defective embryos, we separate them from the ones that have no genetic disorder. The latter are the ones that are used for implantation. This helps in greatly reducing the chances of having a child with gene defect.

How can PGD help you?

Couples with a history of genetic abnormalities can ensure the trait is not passed to their unborn child by undergoing PGD. Some of the diseases that can be prevented this way include:

  • Marfan syndrome
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Hemophilia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Myotonic dystrophy
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Fragile X
  • Leigh’s disease
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

How can we Help

Archish IVF fertility center is one of the most trusted clinics in India for PGS and PGD procedure. Not all couples are required to take both tests but patients with single gene mutations may take both to check for both genetic defects and aneuploidy.

To speak to one of our doctors, book an appointment today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a reproductive technology used to screen embryos for genetic abnormalities before they are implanted in the uterus. The main purpose of PGD is to identify genetic mutations or chromosomal abnormalities that may result in inherited disorders or increase the risk of certain diseases. PGD can also be used to select embryos of a specific gender or tissue type to help treat a sibling with a genetic disorder. The goal of PGD is to improve the chances of a successful pregnancy and healthy birth.

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is generally considered safe and accurate when performed by experienced healthcare professionals in a specialised laboratory. The accuracy of PGD is high, with a reported diagnostic accuracy rate of around 95%. However, PGD is not 100% accurate and there is a small risk of misdiagnosis. Additionally, there is a risk of damage to the embryos during the biopsy process. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of PGD with a healthcare provider and seek genetic counselling to determine if it is a suitable option.

Genetic screening tests are generally accurate, but they are not 100% reliable. The accuracy of genetic screening tests can vary depending on the type of test, the quality of the sample, and the presence of genetic mutations or variations. False positive or false negative results can occur, leading to unnecessary anxiety or missed diagnoses. Genetic screening tests also have limitations and may not detect all possible genetic mutations or abnormalities. It is important to discuss the limitations and potential risks of genetic screening with a healthcare provider and seek genetic counselling before making any decisions.

Our Specialists

Dr. Ankita Gahlot

Fertility Consultant

Dr. Anagha Nawal

Fertility Consultant

Dr. Lakshmi Kumari A

Fertility Consultant

Navin Desai

Male Fertility Expert / Embryology Head