Genetic testing is performed to those couples, who experience recurrent miscarriages, those with idiopathic infertility, with male infertility factor and those, who do not get pregnant after several IVF procedures (no embryos or no implantation).
The basic test is a karyotype, which defines the number and structure of chromosomes. Each cell of a healthy human should contain 46 chromosomes (22 autosomal and 2 sex chromosomes). Any variation from the standard karyotype is a reason for genetic disorders and may be a reason of infertility. Karyotype is performed to both female and male patient.
In specific cases karyotype may be extended with the following examinations:
– In women: thrombophilia (Leiden, Protrombina, MTHFR)
– In men: 17 CFTR mutations + 3 loci AZF, SRY, ZFY.
The material collected for genetic testing is venous blood. The blood is collected at the VitroLive Clinic (al. Wojska Polskiego 103 in Szczecin) on the following days:
– Mondays 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
– Tuesdays 8 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
– Thursdays 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
– Fridays 8 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
There is no need to come on an empty stomach, however there are some contraindications against genetic analyses, such as active infection, taking antibiotics or psychotropics. The results are known within 4-6 weeks.