The Compatibility Genetic Test (CGT) is a test that allows us to identify the presence in future parents of genes that cause diseases which they risk passing on to their children. Carriers are usually healthy, but when both parents are carriers of a mutation of the same gene it is possible for them to have a child affected by a particular disease.
1 in every 100 babies born presents some kind of genetic disease. With the CGT we can detect up to 600 diseases.
Genetic diseases cannot be cured, but they can be prevented with the CGT.
We all have alterations in our genes, and with the CGT we can find out if these alterations could lead to our children having a genetic disease. The test is recommended in the following cases.
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The test is carried out on DNA obtained from blood samples from the father and the mother. The results come through in a month, and we can then find out the probability of your child suffering from a genetic disease.
Because it reduces the theoretical risk of having children who are affected by any of these genetic diseases from 1 in 100 to approximately 1 in 30,000. Genetic diseases cannot be cured, but they can be prevented with the CGT. Every year, many parents are surprised when their baby is born with some sort of genetic disease. This happens because in order for the disease to manifest, the child has to inherit an affected copy of a gene from both its father and its mother. When both parents have only 1 copy of the mutation, they are carriers of the disease but are themselves healthy.
Our main objective at IVI is for our patients to have healthy children.
When a mutation is detected in one member of a couple, nothing is done unless the other member of the couple has a mutation in the same gene. This would result in there being a high risk of having children who suffer from the genetic disease.
In that case, the options for conceiving a child who is not affected by the disease are: