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Genetic embryo screening does not improve chances of having a baby, new study suggests

A major international study involving hundreds of women trying to conceive has shown that genetic embryo testing does not increase the chances of IVF success

The findings of the study were published in the Human Reproduction journal and looked at women aged between 36 and 40 were found to have no difference in their chances of giving birth when they had pre-implantation genetic testing(PGT) to those who just went straight for IVF.

PGT is offered at many clinics as an add-on service, with the claim that if offers older women a better chance of motherhood if the embryos are screened for abnormalities.

The study looked at 396 women from nine fertility clinics across seven countries and randomly allocated half the patients to either have genetic screening through PGT or just IVF.

The treatment costs about £2,000 and involves material being taken from the egg at the earliest possible stage to test for chromosome abnormalities.

Professor Jan Brosens, an obstetrics and gynaecology expert at the University of Warwick, who was not involved in the study, told the Independent newspaper: “All too often couples requiring IVF treatment are taken for a ride when it comes to a bewildering array of unproven tests and adjuvant treatments.

“This smartly designed and well conducted study was designed to give couples clear-cut information on whether PGT-A increases the chance of having a baby within one year.

“The answer is no.”

Were you offered PGT and did it work for you? We’d love to hear your comments on the latest study. Email us at mystory@ivfbabble.com

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