PGS is an IVF add-on that does not require any extra medications or procedures other than an embryo biopsy to collect the samples for the lab.
After egg and sperm collection, fertilization, and several days of growth, IVF embryos are ready for transfer. Traditionally, embryos are graded based on their morphology (shape, size, and appearance) as well as other visible characteristics; then, the one(s) with the best grade is transferred. However, in recent years, it has been determined that what’s on the inside—the embryo’s genetic makeup—may be an even better predictor of an embryo’s chance of implanting and leading to pregnancy. PGS is a test performed on embryos prior to transfer to determine the number of chromosomes present, providing important information about their genetic health. This information can help your care team decide which embryo has the best chance of success.
How can PGS Help?
By identifying embryos with the correct number of chromosomes, PGS can:
- Increase the chance of implantation
- Reduce the risk of miscarriage
- Reduce the risk of having a child with a genetic condition
Is PGS Right for Me?
PGS is appropriate for the vast majority of patients undergoing IVF. You may consider PGS if:
- You want to increase the chance of IVF success and potentially reduce the number of cycles required to achieve success
- You have previously had a miscarriage or failed IVF cycle
- You have many potential embryos to transfer
- You are 35 years old or older
Although PGS does give you the opportunity to choose “the best,” embryo, our own clinical experience as well as numerous studies have shown that the technology for such testing is not yet where it needs to be to be definitively certain on the results. Many times, we have seen tests come back with faulty negatives, meaning someone was told their embryo was defective and would not result in a healthy child, but chose to transfer those “faulty,” embryos anyway which resulted in a happy healthy child.
How Much Does PGS Cost?
CNY Fertility charges $700 for the biopsy of up to 8 embryos and $75 for every embryo after that.
After factoring in the testing by an outside lab, you can expect to pay around $300-600/embryo.