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Understanding PGT-A: An FAQ Session with Marta from Ferticentro

Today, we’re diving into the fascinating world of pre-implantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) with insights from a recent webinar. We’ve compiled the most pertinent questions and detailed responses. Let’s get started!

What are the steps involved for German patients seeking PGT-A in Portugal?

The pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGT-A) is performed at Ferticentro in Portugal by the embryologist with fresh embryos. German patients typically have their gynecologist manage the stimulation phase in Germany, including medication and ultrasounds. They then fly to Portugal for egg retrieval, IVF, and biopsy for the PGT-A. The embryo transfer also happens in Portugal.

German regulations only allow PGT-A under exceptional circumstances, such as when there’s a high likelihood the child will not be viable. This process is complex, costly, and rarely permitted, especially for single women.

How many blastocysts are needed for a woman aged 41-42 and over 42 to obtain a healthy blastocyst?

It varies, much like playing the lottery. There have been cases with one egg and one genetically normal blastocyst resulting in a pregnancy.

Generally, you might need between 9 to 15 eggs to obtain one genetically normal embryo over 40. However, each case is unique, and the Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) level is a crucial factor.

Can eggs frozen in Germany be sent to Portugal for PGT-A?

Yes, if you were over 39 years old at the time of egg freezing. If you were younger than 39, it’s not possible unless you meet other specific criteria, such as having multiple failed transfers or miscarriages.

The age and medical history must justify the need for PGT-A.

Can a chosen sperm donor from the European Sperm Bank be used in Portugal?

Yes, as long as the donor is non-anonymous, which aligns with Portuguese regulations requiring open donors.

Ferticentro works with non-anonymous donors from European Sperm Bank or Cryos Denmark.

Are there restrictions on egg retrieval days?

Egg retrievals can happen any day, including weekends, based on the patient’s readiness. The clinic accommodates these timings without extra charges, ensuring the best possible outcomes.

How long does PGT-A take, and how is it coordinated with embryo transfer?

PGT-A results take about three weeks. Embryos are frozen immediately after biopsy and are transferred in a subsequent cycle once we have the results.

What are the costs for PGT-A?

The biopsy costs €790, with an additional €360 per embryo analyzed. The total cost will depend on the number of embryos tested.

Do you have more questions about this process? Drop us a line.

And don’t forget to mention the code WEBINAR HANNASCHILLER in your email, when you’re considering fertility treatment at Ferticentro in Portugal and want to benefit from additional perks.


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