What is Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS)?
Embryo Screening (PGS) involves screening of all 24 chromosomes in a developing embryo prior to implantation in an IVF cycle. It is an established treatment option to improve your chances of conceiving a healthy baby if you’ve experienced repeated IVF failure, recurrent miscarriage or have had a previous pregnancy with a chromosomal abnormality such as Down syndrome.
Embryo screening is performed at the Melbourne IVF East Melbourne laboratory by one of the most scientifically advanced and highly regarded Preimplantation genetics teams in the world.
How is Embryo Screening performed?
At Melbourne IVF, Embryo Screening is performed using 24Sure Array CGH (comparative genomic hybridization) technology which enables all 24 chromosomes in a developing embryo to be analysed prior to implantation. This allows selection of the embryo with the greatest likelihood of pregnancy success.
24Sure Array CGH technology amplifies the DNA from the cell’s nucleus by multiplying it thousands of times before being placed on a microarray, or DNA chip, where it is compared with normal male and female DNA. This allows the scientists to accurately detect chromosomal errors, so only an embryo with a normal chromosome profile is selected for transfer, increasing the chance of a successful pregnancy.
Is Embryo Screening suitable for me?
Your Melbourne IVF fertility specialist may recommend Embryo Screening as an addition to your IVF treatment if:
- A previous pregnancy has been affected by a chromosomal abnormality (such as Down syndrome)
- You have experienced more than three consecutive miscarriages
- You have experienced repeated IVF failure (where 5 or more embryos have been transferred without pregnancy), or
- You are of advanced maternal age (over the age of 38 years).
How much does Embryo Screening cost?
If your treatment involves Embryo Screening, at Melbourne IVF, these services are charged in addition to your IVF cycle cost, at a fee of $700* per embryo. * This fee is a per embryo cost, with a maximum fee for cryopreserved embryos from one stimulated IVF cycle capped at $3,995.
There is no Medicare rebate associated with embryo screening. However, your final costs may vary depending on your individual circumstances.
If you have any questions about the cost of Embryo Screening with Melbourne IVF please phone 1800 111 483 or email us.