Known Genetic Diseases

What to Do When Facing Fertility Challenges

One in six couples will experience a genetic disease or defect that could be passed onto an unborn child. This unique circumstance requires the guidance and support of an experienced fertility doctor in Raleigh. Diagnostic testing and treatments for a couple facing the challenge of known genetic diseases requires a highly personal and individualized approach.

To effectively navigate the process and face your fertility challenges, we help you understand your genetic disease and fertility options. By understanding your unique fertility circumstances, you can actively participate in planning your path to conception with confidence.

Our fertility team has more than 30 years experience in navigating known genetic diseases, and they are specifically trained and prepared to meet you wherever you are on your path to conception.

How Our Lab Screens for Genetic Defects in Embryos

Genetic screening involves many moving parts and processes. Embryo screening and preimplantation genetics refer to genetic tests that allow the identification of possible genetic defects in embryos. Once an embryo has progressed to a blastocyst, a small number of cells can be safely removed from the trophectoderm (the part of the embryo that is the precursor to the placenta).  These cells are sent to our affiliated genetic testing laboratories for analysis while the embryos continue to be cared for here in our laboratory.

The cells from the embryo biopsy are then tested to identify if the embryo is euploid (normal number of chromosomes of 46 with 23 obtained from each parent) or aneuploid (abnormal number of chromosomes).  If other heritable conditions are suspected (such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease) in cases where both parents are carriers of these diseases, additional testing can be planned to identify the embryos that will be free from these tested conditions.

Atlantic Reproductive exclusively uses the following labs for genetic testing:

Embryvu / Good Start Genetics
Reproductive Genetic Innovations (RGI)
Genesis Genetics
Foundation for Embryonic Competence

Facing Known Genetic Diseases With Courage

Understanding your fertility options when facing a known genetic disease starts with a preconception counseling session with an experienced fertility doctor in Raleigh. During your session, you’ll learn more about your fertility health and options. We’ll also work with you to create your most optimal fertility treatment path to conception that respects your values and lifestyles.

Atlantic Reproductive provides fertility treatment, testing and more to patients in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Fayetteville, Chapel Hill and beyond from our office in Brier Creek. We also offer satellite monitoring in Wilmington and Morehead City. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.