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Chapter 5 - Results Summary

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You’re watching Results Summary, chapter five of the genetics and fertility video series from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.  

HOW ARE TEST RESULTS REPORTED?

For PTG-M, there are 5 possible test results for each embryo:
  • unaffected,
  • unaffected carrier,
  • affected,
  • inconclusive, and
  • no result.
For PGT-A, there are 5 possible test results for each embryo:
  • euploid,
  • aneuploid,
  • inconclusive,
  • no result, or
  • mosaic.
Your healthcare team can walk you through the results and help you make decisions about your next steps.   Your options include:
  • embryo transfer,
  • retest, and
  • discard.

WHAT IF ALL EMBRYOS TEST ABNORMAL AND/OR INCONCLUSIVE?

In cases where the results are not clear for one or more embryos or there are no unaffected embryos to transfer, thawing and doing another biopsy of those embryos might be an option.

It is possible that an embryo that tests abnormal could result in a healthy child. 

How to proceed if no embryos test normal is a complex decision and should be discussed before a cycle is started.

There are a lot of questions to think about, such as:
  • How do you feel about the possibility of having an affected child?
  • What do you hope to get out of the test?
  • What types of abnormalities can be found?
  • Are there other personal reasons that could affect your decision?)
It’s also important to discuss financial considerations, such as: 
  • Are you willing to repeat a cycle if no embryos test normal?
  • How many times?
These are some of the factors to discuss with your doctor when deciding if pursuing IVF is right for you.

We hope you found this information helpful. For the next chapter in this series please click here.

For more information about genetic testing in the setting of infertility treatment please visit reproductivefacts.org
ReproductiveFacts.org
is a patient education website of ASRM.
 

Zika