Pre-implantation genetic testing and fertility preservation

Among the people we spoke with, several underwent pre-implantation genetic testing – mostly PGT-A with one person having PGT-M (see blue box above for more information). Others were considering PGT-A or had decided against it on ethical grounds.

Two women underwent fertility preservation. One woman froze some of her eggs before starting IVF because of her age and was also considering freezing some embryos for future use. Another woman underwent egg freezing and genetic testing of her embryos (PGT-M) to try to avoid passing the BRCA 1 genetic mutation on to her potential future children (women and trans and gender diverse people presumed female at birth carrying the BRCA 1 mutation have an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer).

Further information

Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing

Fertility Treatment Explained (scroll down to Pre-implantation Genetic Testing) – VARTA
Is embryo testing worth it? – VARTA
Pre-implantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) – Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), UK
Genetic testing IVF embryos doesn’t improve the chance of a baby (2019) – article by Karin Hammarberg and David Amor in The Conversation

Fertility preservation

Preserving Fertility – VARTA
Fertility Preservation – Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), UK
What to consider before freezing your eggs as a single woman (2020) – article by Edwina Storie on ABC Everyday